Superego In Lord Of The Flies

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People think differently. They all have different point of views. Some can see all these views by being open minded about it. Others can just focus on one view and believe what they believe, not caring about what other people say about it. Psychology is seeing behavior and mental processes from multiple view points. It can be analyzed by Sigmund Freud’s ideas which are id, ego and superego. All these can be found in the book, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The book is about a group of British boys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves, with disastrous results. They needed someone to lead, so two boys, Jack and Ralph, had been voted by the other kids to lead the two separated groups, which were created by the boys themselves.…show more content…
The superego tries to be an excellent role model for the people. “The superego acts to perfect and civilize our behavior” (Cherry 1). The superego contradicts the id. It strives to act in a socially appropriate manner, whereas the id just wants instant self-gradification. A superego is much like a parent; they help the id by holding back their urges and the ego by trying to make them behave morally. A character from Lord of the Flies acts much like the superego does. That character’s name is Piggy. Piggy was the type of kid that no matter what happened; he tried to make things better (Barron 1). One was when the boys were stuck on the island, Piggy was always picked on by Jack, the id, and ignored by Ralph, the ego, yet Piggy still tried to warn others of the tragedies ahead of them. Piggy cared about the others. In the book, Piggy said “I told you to get a list of names” (Golding 46). Piggy tried to get everyone’s name so that they felt accepted. By knowing everyone’s name everyone felt like they mattered. By doing and thinking of it that way, it showed the parent-like side of the superego. They care and think about everyone rather than just
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