The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1116 Words Jan 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Society and freedom are contradictory. Societal forces are detrimental to the human spirit. The novel, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the film, The Truman Show by Peter Weir, and the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, all are related to the contradicting themes of society and freedom. The more one is influenced by the society, the less freedom he has.
Being free in a society that is savage has negative consequences. Freedom that one does not earn is not true freedom. When the boys of the novel Lord of the Flies arrive at the island, they are alone. There is no adult present, meaning that there is no authority. There are no societal norms; there are no rules. The boys think that there is no consequence to their actions. When Jack and his hunters let the fire out, true freedom has escaped through their fingers. Ralph yells at Jack, “‘There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out!’” (70). Jack does not realize the impact that he has caused for the entire group, due to the fact he does not care about rules. Furthermore, when one has no restrictions, a dangerous type of freedom is obtained. The children are free, though that kind of freedom lurks trouble. Jack is a choir boy. Throughout the course of the novel, he becomes more violent, as he became exposed to hunting. For instance, “The newly beaten and untied Wilfred was sniffing noisily in the background” (161). Jack had no reason to beat…

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