1. “Why Boys Become Vicious” Author Study
7. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 Questions
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Notebook Check #1: “Why Boys Become Vicious” Author Study
“Why Boys Become Vicious” (1989)
Written in response to the murder of a two-year-old boy by two twelve-year-old boys.
Answer the following questions in 2-3 complete sentences minimum.
1. In his article, “Why Boys Become Vicious,” Golding argues that there are two conditions in which evil will develop and grow: Chaos and fear. Explain for each condition how it occurs and what Golding thinks is the solution.
A lack of parental guidance or organization will often lead to chaos. Human nature in its own is chaotic. Fear as or in a group will often lead to chaos as well.
A lack of security, guidance, and a constant fear of punishment for one’s actions all lead to fear in an individual.
2. Golding believes that all human beings are born with a black, or bad side, to their nature; he also believes they have a capacity for love. Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
I agree that everyone is capable of love at at least the slightest level, but also agree that everyone has an evil and black side. I believe that everyone, no matter who you are, has or will come to respect or appreciate someone to a level that it can be considered love. For example, even the most cruel and evil men alive or of the past have had at least one wife or love, or at least someone they appreciated.
3. Now that you have finished reading Lord of the Flies, what is your opinion about why boys become vicious? (Think about the circumstances surrounding Simon’s death.)
I believe that it is a lack of structure, allowing chaos to grow, and exaggerated even further by fear and panic, that leads to boys