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Self Control Essay

  • Submitted by: jmorris777
  • on April 6, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 975 words

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Below is an essay on "Self Control" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.


There are very few people who have the power to control their own thoughts and actions and therefore to form their own character by their choices. Those who have this power are true individuals, and mankind as a whole is influenced by such individuals every day. When put in a group, people tend to lose their individualism, subsequently separating the individuals from the followers. This is portrayed throughout the novel Lord of the Flies. Jack stands up to Ralph, goes against authority, and decides what is right for the group of boys, defining his character. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth takes control of his destiny, thereby defining his character as evil and destructive. Throughout the play Twelve Angry Men, Juror #8 also shows characteristics of a true individual, as he stands up against eleven other men, changing their minds, saving a boys life. His character is defined as heroic, compassionate, and wise. Although the character of Juror #8 may be completely opposite of Macbeth and Jack, they all depict what a true individual is.

In the novel Lord of the Flies, it is shown how a group of boys go from a civilized manner to savages in a matter of days, really distinctly separating the individuals from the followers on the island. Jack is one of the boys on the island who makes his presence known right away. Although he loses the popular vote to Ralph at the beginning, his leadership skills assist him in gaining support throughout their time spent on the island. He stands up to Ralph, who is leader, he goes against authority, and he decides what is right for the group. These actions show that of a true individual, and he defines his character through his actions.   Previous to the plane crash, he is a follower, however on the island his true characteristics are shown when he becomes and individual. He has taken a path opposite to that of the other boys, who began mostly as individuals, but soon became followers to the leaders...

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