Lord Of The Flies Human Nature Analysis

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Many texts highlight aspects of human nature. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, 1954, is a story about how a group of boys are stranded on a island. These boys establish a society based on authority and order. This eventually falls to an emerging power hungry leader and all order collapses. Eventually the remaining boys convert to their primitive nature. The novel conveys aspects of human nature and through the characterisation of Simon, Ralph and Jack. Simon conveys the aspects of human goodness and wisdom. Golding highlights this through his key actions in the novel. In chapter 3 page 71 ‘found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.’ This highlights his goodness in him being the only one that …show more content…
Golding portrays this in Jack's actions and dialogue. Jack exclaims “We’ll have rules!” he cried excitedly. “Lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks ‘em-”“Whee-oh!”“Wacco!”“Bong!”“Doink!. Jack gets excited by the idea of punishing the one of the boys for breaking the rules. Which is ironic due to Jack being one of the first ones to break one of Ralph's rules. During Jack's time as the leader of the new group of savages, the power had gotten to his head. He had given out punishments to the boys for no apparent reason other than to assert his authority his status as the new leader. This portrays Jack as a bad leader or a dictator who does not view everyone as an equal. This is important in our world as savagery and ‘brute force’ is being idolised in our world today. Many if not all the characters in the “Lord of the Flies” have some aspect of human nature.

Characters in the novel “Lord of the Flies” highlight aspects of human nature. Many if not all reveal something about human nature. 3 main characters that highlight aspects of human nature are, Simon, Ralph and