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In William Goldings novel Lord Of The Flies he wrote about the nature of peoples reaction in extreme situations, and he indicated that all men are born evil and turn good if put in the right situation.

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Lord Of The Flies Essay Due 9/9/05 By Charles Margiotta In William Golding's novel Lord Of The Flies he wrote about the nature of people's reaction in extreme situations', and he indicated that all men are born evil and turn good if put in the right situation. The characters of Lord Of The Flies have different reactions to the situation the land in and they are driven by their inner personality without the rules they have grown up by and been obliged to follow there whole life. Several the viscous acts of the children act is astonishing; how Jack can be so vicious and cruel to the others while piggy tries to keep the rules and Ralph is in the middle trying to get for every one to get along. Each child has a dominant personality that takes him over on the island. All of them were either driven by there Id (evil and most primitive), the ego (the balancer of the personality's), or superego (or parent figure). ...read more.


Jack threw his spear at Ralph and hit him in the ribs blood started to ooze out. Then all the boys start on a hunt to find and kill Ralph. Buy the end of the book Jack and Rodger and most of the other boy's had turned evil and their Id personality started to become obvious. The Ego personality is the balancing point of ones mind; it allows the mind to balance out the good and the evil. Ralph represents the ego or balancing personality, he always is trying for people to think rational and civilized and to just try and get rescued. Ralph walks over to Jack's tribe to get Piggy's stolen glasses back and all Ralph does is say "If you would of asked I would of let u use the glasses for fire" (181 Hemingway) demonstrate all he really wants is peace and to go home. Ralph becomes very angry at Jack when he takes the hunters hunting and the fire goes out, they may of caught a pig but they did something awful and let the fire die. ...read more.


Piggy also yells at the littuns. During the second meeting piggy yells at the littuns to stop falling of the twisted log and to sit on the ground a then they wouldn't fall off. Piggy also despises Jack, "If Jack was chief he'd have us all hunting an no food! We'd be here till we died" (93 Hemingway). Piggy was the person that helped to keep a few things still civilized but when he and the conch died it was then breaking point. By the end of this novel Jack, Roger and most of the other boys except had turned bad and were mainly controlled by their ID. The Littuns, Piggy, Simon, and Ralph were the few buys that had the inner good and even in awful times they still had what it takes to stay above the line and not to fall below it. These boys were born evil and had to be good because of rules set in place since they were born but when there weren't any rules you really understood what little heart they really had, they were ruthless scavengers. ...read more.

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