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Eric Siegal Sociology 110 Kristy Palmer 10-07-07 Lord of the Flies The movie Lord of the flies had many social aspects and ideas that changed throughout the movie. The movie illustrated many of the things we have studied in chapters 5 and 6 in sociology. It demonstrates an excellent example of how human nature can take control over a group. It depicts what happens when a group of children are left without rules and norms of a standard civilization; and how the tables turn when that group is taken out of norms of a regular society. Mankind's struggle for power, prestige, and property are easily portrayed through a deviant authoritarian leader. One of the major sociological issues the movie portrays is symbolism. A lot of symbolism was used in the movie, which in turn symbolizes parts of society. At first all of the boys remained in their uniforms as groups began to form. Some of the boys wore their uniform longer, while others did not. ...read more.


As leaders began to emerge, groups began to form and the boy's natural instincts to survive began to take over. Ralph tried making the first rules by having the assemblies and only allowing the person with the conch to speak. These rules lasted only until the boys began to realize that they did not have to follow any rules anymore. The more rules they began to forget about, the more savage the boys became. As the boys became more aware of the situation they were in, the more their "natural instincts" began to be born. Jack was able to channel these emotions they were feeling and used them to form his own group based on what they thought they needed at the time. Another major issue that could be seen in the movie is the formation of groups. Groups are the essence of life in society. On the island, having the biggest group meant it would take on a functionalistic perspective. ...read more.


Inside Jack's group there were small internal bonds. All of the boys were loyal to jack because he used sanctions to keep the group following him. He had a boy whipped for stealing, and Piggy was killed to show their power and to set an example. Jack's aggressive behavior is what brought out his groups savageness. The longer they stayed on the island the farther away they would get from the norms of regular society. At the end of the movie Ralph runs into a military officer after being chased out of the woods by the savage group. As soon as they saw the officer standing there, they almost instinctively snapped out of their savageness in the presence of a higher authority. This is a great example of how even nature can't completely take over somebody. When they were returned to contact with higher authority, their nurturing side took over once again. Through the many power struggles and conflicts, it can be seen that society is not always as predictable as it seems. The movie was an exceptional example of how different environments and circumstances can affect a society in crucial ways. Siegal 1 ...read more.

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