Human Nature Essay

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The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding uses the theme of human nature to show how easily society can collapse and how self-destructive human nature is. Throughout the novel Golding illustrates a theme of how twisted and sick human nature can lead us to be. Many different parts of human nature can all lead to the collapse of society. Three aspects Golding introduces are leadership, rebellion and destruction, which all attribute to the collapse of society. Leadership plays a very important role in the novel as it does in real life for us, because the characters need to feel some sense of security in order for them to survive. Before a society can collapse it must have leadership and structure to rebel against. In life there are many ways of leading people, and in the novel we see two major types of leaders. Ralph's group of boys represents democracy while Jack's represents a dictatorship. The two main leaders in the story, through their similar and different leadership characteristics fight back and forth to gain the discipline and power of the other boys on the island. Ralph tries his best to create a society based on survival and order, as proven in when he says "'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.'"- William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 2 . As time progresses, it is clear that Jack's feelings are towards living life and having fun. This is proven when Jack says “Listen all of you. Me and my hunters are living along the beach at the flat rock. We hunt and feast and have fun. If you want to join come and see us. Perhaps we’ll let you join. Perhaps not” (155). Jack's society eventually leads to corruption, killing innocent people, while Ralph's focuses on the boys being rescued. Ralph uses basic survival ideas in hope of being saved while Jack's technique with

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