Lord Of The Flies Human Nature

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As shown in William Golding 's Lord of the Flies, human beings ' desire to satisfy their physical needs tend to dominate their ability to think rationally. In the novel, Golding uses the way human nature works to show how easily society can fall apart and how that can affect the people in the community. He makes sure that the theme of a twisted and corrupt nature is the underlying drive of the story. He writes characters such as Jack, Roger and Ralph with this is mind. Throughout the novel, he shows the readers both the good and the bad sides of what human beings are capable of, and there are moments where the evil seem to overpower the good. In those moments, there is proof that human beings struggle with whether they want their physical …show more content…
When adults are taken away from the equation, what must happen? Any individual that is competent enough must step up and take the decision-making role. Between Ralph and Piggy, the face is Ralph but he brains of the operations is Piggy. Piggy sticks close to Ralph because he knows that if were to venture out and try to make it on his own, his life would be taken from him. By sticking close to Ralph, he also ensures that Ralph doesn 't give in to his instincts and is able to maintain a steady head. He knows that if it were not for Ralph, the other boys would take his life – and not accidentally like they did with Simon. Throughout the novel, Golding portrays the theme of how twisted, corrupted and evil human nature can turn out to be. There are many aspects of human nature that can lead to the crumbling of society. Golding makes very good use of the characters in the novel to show how good or bad an individual can be. One of the characters that represent the good in mankind is Simon, he gives off a very good and pure impression in the story. He is always helping the Littluns and any others that are vulnerable or scared. He keeps to himself in a tranquil spot in the midst of trees, but comes out and helps whenever he feels necessary. His death represents the battle in holding onto one 's sanity. His death took place in a time when nobody expected to. The other boys – too wrapped up in their savage dance – accidentally take his life. This inhumane act brings the boys one step closer to think irrationally because they do not know what to do with the situation. Simon 's death is a symbolic representation of the death of Jesus and is, hence, is the last straw in novel before the boys give in completely into their instincts and animalistic behaviour. In the hunts for Piggy, and then later Ralph, the readers can see the slow deterioration of the boys ' ability to think rationally. They start to give into the more animalistic

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