Mob mentality is a large theme in Lord of the Flies. Mob mentality is, essentially, when a group of people do things they would never dream of doing by themselves, such as acts of violence. It is shown throughout the book, and a main instance is when the boys kill Simon for no apparent reason other than that they think he is the “beast.” It’s a very interesting event because Simon represents good and truth, and he is killed off of the island, showing how corrupted it truly has become. It is truly shocking when the boys start screaming, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” It is an example of how drawn to blood and violence the boys are. Another example of mob mentality is when Ralph goes off with all the boys except Piggy and the littluns to find the beast, and they find a pig. Normaly, Ralph would never want to kill a pig, but he is very excited when he hurts one with the group. He begins to look for approval, saying “Didn’t you see me?” He obviously feels a need for attention and recognition, such as what he would receive from his parents if they were there. A final example is when the boys begin to “hunt” Ralph at the end of the book. Their values have been so distorted that they cannot see the difference in value from a boar to a human being. Ralph finds out that he is the next victim on the island when he visits Sam and Eric, who’ve been taken hostage in Castle Rock. They tell him, “They hate you, Ralph. They’re going to do you.” “They’re going to hunt you tomorrow.” This is a true turning point in the book, where we realize that Jack has completely lost his conscience. As you can see, mob mentality is very prevalent in Lord of the Flies.
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