"We are all murderers and prostitutes - no matter to what culture,
society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one
takes oneself to be." R. D. Laing British psychiatrist. R.D. Laing obviously
backs up William Golding's point of view that human nature is evil. Human
nature is directly affected by the environment; and is constantly changing due
to the experiences of the individual. Oscar Wilde once said "The only thing that
one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one
quality we can predicate from it. The systems that fail are those who rely on
the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error
of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The
result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result."
Human nature depends upon the environment in which they are immersed. The idea
that children, not humans in general, are swayed by the ideas and actions of
their parental figures is also a central idea of the book, "The Lord of the
Flies" by William Golding.
Because of the war in England where the boys were from their human
experience was one of war. If there was no war going on in England at the time
they were evacuated from England, there would've been no deaths, no Lord of the
Flies, and certainly no beast. Because if they had came with a good human nature
then how would there have been a beast which Golding classified as the basic
evil inside all of us. Another thing that ties in with this that children try to
copy what they see adults do so if a child sees an adult smoke up or drink then
he may believe that it is okay or it is right because their parents do it. As
George Orwell once said "Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a
child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and the adults are
rarely looking down. Yet no matter what they will always adore,... [continues]
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