Death of Reason and Birth of Beast: Lord of the Flies

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Death of Reason and Birth of Beast Order and chaos of human nature in isolation in Lord of the Flies by William Golding Order and chaos, the two initiated and have kept balance the way of the world since the beginnings of civilization. Mankind then established the basis of our culture based on that delicate equilibrium; yet, to the author William Golding, “the universe is a ‘cosmic chaos’ that resist simplistic patterning” (Friedman, 14). We strive to appreciate but also dominate; we try to create justice, but we are willing to sacrifice it for even the slightest material gain; in short, the melting pot of emotions and desires is separated into two opposing fronts, the rational and the irrational. The rational people are individuals who are capable of great achievements, joy, and empathy toward others but who also realize their abilities and limitations; they were the forerunner who incorporated reason into our lives and further developed our abilities to deduct and analyze. Today, however, we can see the number of irrational people grow in such a huge disparity and the reason stems from a common source; rather than a conspiracy many people, it is the effect of many individuals pursuing their own selfish and separate agendas. In Lord of the Flies, Golding uses an isolated community to show the progression of human nature when confronted with uncertainty. Golding’s use of isolationism and characterization of Ralph, Piggy, Simon, Jack Merridew, Roger, the Beast, and other children on the island combined with the analysis of male psychology and choices made by the characters in Lord of the Flies explains the nature of mankind seen through order and chaos. Golding extracts the boys in the novel from the chaotic society that they were in and isolated them in a neutral environment so that the characters remove themselves from the distractions in everyday life to
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