William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Lord of the Flies is a brilliant novel, which embarks many social and psychological aspects. Written in 1954 by Nobel Prize winning author William Golding, engages readers to analyze the dark side of humanity, and the savagery that underlies each civilized human being. The novel first encompasses readers with a horrific plane crash, which in then leads to a group of young English boys stranded on a deserted island without any adult supervision. Initially, the boys attempt to form a micro- societal culture similar to the one they left behind, in order to survive. However in their attempts to form a civilized group for survival, the boys are faced with many challenges of power struggle, and the dehumanization of mankind when creating a society. One psychological aspect in the novel involves each of the characters representation of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality development. Sigmund Freud created his personality theory to explain the complex behavior of human beings. He argued that personality is formed through conflicts among three fundamental structures of the human mind, the id ego and superego. Each structure is unconsciously developed in the human mind and through conflict each structure comes into play making a person act or behavior a certain way. In Lord of the Flies readers can easily see each of these concepts in three distinct characters, Jack, Piggy, and Ralph. Jack represents the Id, which is the primitive, instinct component of…

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