The Psychological Analysis Of Lord Of The Flies Essay

1243 Words Nov 9th, 2015 5 Pages
The Psychological Analysis of Lord of the Flies In Lord of the Flies, young boys ranging from six to twelve are stranded on a desert island after their plane has crashed. They have no connection or communication with society and the outside world, therefore they have no adults regulating their actions and behaviors. Without adults controlling them, they are able to make their own rules to abide by. But as the novel progresses, some of the boys begin to disregard the rules and societal rules that they were once familiar with. Soon, their actions become animalistic and they turn into small savages that do not regard morals and societal standards. This negligence of recognizing morals brings out the evil in some of the boys, showing the primitive instinct of savagery of human behavior. Sigmund Freud explained that there are three instincts that control the human personality, the id, ego, and superego. The id is the part of the human psyche that is impulsive and demands immediate satisfaction (Freud). Newborn babies are considered id personalities because they have not developed morals and the understanding of social rules, so they make decisions based on their own desires and pleasures. The ego is the part of the human psyche that controls the id by using reason to force the id to make decisions based on acceptable behavior in society (Freud). The superego uses morals to create “self imposed rules” to direct the ego and restrain the id. In Lord of the Flies, Jack, Ralph, and…

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