Do Human Qualities Tend to Build or Destroy Community?

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet Pages: 4 (1387 words) Published: March 12, 2013
Do Human Qualities Tend to Build or Destroy Community?

Ms. Mac Lean
Thursday December 20th 2012

How strong a community stands is determined by the qualities of the people within it. In William Shakespeare's Romeo&Juliet and William Golding's Lord of the Flies, it is debatable whether one's human qualities serve to break or build the society around them. Unquestionably human qualities destroy a community rather than serving to build it. By examining the outcomes of anger ,immaturity, and fear, it will clearly prove that human qualities tend to break community.

Quality can be defined as character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing. Webster's dictionary defines destroy as to break up the structure of an organic existence of, to demolish. To build is to raise or place a foundation, to form or establish by using appropriate means.

Anger is a dominant emotion that tends to overpower situations causing destruction and unwanted outcomes due to decisions made on impulse . An ancient family feud driven by anger had done nothing but tear society apart. The Prince was quoted, " Three civil brawls bred an airy word/By thee old Capulet and Montague,/ Have thrice disturbed our streets." (I, i,83-86) For generations an unknown hate has taken over the Capulet and Montague households causing many brawls amongst themselves . As the quote mentions the two families have disturbed the streets of Verona three times because of their anger towards each other. The anger that has built up over the years has not only broken the community, but made the two families drift away. Therefore this anger that dwells within the two families is a factor in breaking their community. Jack has so much anger toward Ralph and the idea of order and democracy that he creates his own tribe which ends in savagery..An example of this is shown in chapter eight of Lord of the Flies, ' " I'm not going to be part of Ralph's lot... I'm going off by...
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