Argumentative Essay on Lord of the Flies

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Golding’s premise is; the burden of social order ultimately rests on the individual not on the governing force or structure. Pretty much that the individual makes up the society, the society doesn’t make the individual do or act a certain way. Golding states that his novel, Lord of the Flies, stands as an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defeats of human nature; whereby he illustrates this moral by showing the shape or condition of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable. The battle between good and evil was pretty evident. These young boys struggled with the balance of good and evil, and knowledge versus ignorance. The evil and the ignorance of Jack’s tribe all stemmed from one individual, Jack. Him and roger both individually had negative outlooks and had savage like and evil personalities and not everyone in the book did in the beginning but once they started to follow their new chief, Jack, they started to act as he did by choice of course, well except SamnEric. Ralph, who symbolizes democracy, in the beginning was chief and therefore his behavior was what the littluns followed. He tried to run their “civilization” pretty much on his own but because everyone is their own person eventually people started to get out of hand because of different factor like fear, anger and jealously for instance. But the main point is Golding shows us that social order is hard to keep in control no matter how great of a political system you have. It went from order to chaos very quickly and not because ralph did anything wrong but because everyone made their own choice even though some of them may have been influenced but society depends on individuality.
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