Essay on William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

1933 Words Nov 19th, 2014 8 Pages
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 needs to be satisfied when, instead, they should be thinking rationally. Rational thinking takes the back seat when the need for survival becomes the primary goal of individuals. There comes a time when we – as human beings – begin to abandon the structures that society inflicts on us and we try to survive for as long as we can. As time goes on, it slowly turns into a situation where everyone is in competition and it feels like a survival of the fittest. In order to gain the upper hand in the battle of survival, the novel tells us that individuals are willing to do anything in order to gain power, and this is shown in Jack as evidence. Throughout the novel, he is trying to outdo Ralph and better him. As a community, society as a whole,…

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