Sociology and Lord of the Flies

Topics: Sociology, Coming of age, Rite of Passage Pages: 2 (522 words) Published: March 18, 2011
Alienation, out group, rites of passage, hunting and gathering, oligarchy, coalition, power, authority, obedience, discovery, invention, culture shock, deviance, norms, values, machismo --- all of which are found in the paragraph below. Lord of the Flies not only serves as a great coming of age tale but also introduces many sociological concepts that can be exposed through the plot and characters within the movie/book. Like any coming of age tale there are rites of passage in which the boys experience to mark their pass into adulthood and a new found maturity. Unfortunately for many of the boys this mark into adulthood does not come until the end of movie and even then the boys have acted very immature when faced with such adult problems in a difficult circumstance; however at least have gained a sense of manhood by surviving the whole ideal. Throughout this experience and this “mock” rite of passage the boys experience alienation while being on an island. Alienation is the condition of estrangement or dissociation from the surrounding society. Alienation not just occurs to the boys as a whole but also to Piggy who is ostracized and made fun of by most of the boys. This can be seen in another sociological concept known as an out group. Piggy becomes parts of the out-group simply because he doesn’t fit in with the other boys and the newly formed society that has developed. Due to the alienation from the outside world the boys form a coalition in where there common goal was to survive long enough to be rescued. The boys have been forced to become a hunting and gathering society because the island and its natural resources are what the boys learn to survive on. Due to the hunting gathering atmosphere the boys had to adapt in many other ways to over come the severe culture shock they were experiencing. They were in a thrown into a situation and became confused as to how one should act in this new and strange place/situation. They were forced to use sociological...
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