Lord Of The Flies, Human Nature

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Lord Of The Flies, Human Nature

Human Nature
William Golding wrote two famous works, Lord of the Flies, and "Why Boys Become Vicious".
He was awarded the Pullet Surprise for Lord of the flies. They also made this book into
two different movies. William Golding's view of human nature is mankind is naturally evil,
everyone is born that way. The book Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of young
boys stranded on a disserted island. They have power struggles, and eventually break up
into two different groups, the savages, and the normal kids. In William Golding's other
writing, "Why Boys Become Vicious", he describes an event that took place in England. Two
ten-year-old boys kidnapped two-year-old James Bulger, and beat him to death for no
apparent reason. There are many people who agree with his ontological view but I am not
one of them. William Golding believed that human nature is evil; however, I believe only
some people are evil.

In the essay "Why Boys Become Vicious", Golding proves what he wrote 40 years earlier
about human nature. He tells about a real life example of humans at their worst. Two
ten-year-old Liverpool boys have been charged with the death of two-year-old James Bulger.
They kidnapped him from a shopping center with his mother not faraway. The two boys led
him outside for a long walk until they came to a large group of boys, most around the age
of 10. Then for no apparent reason they all started to beat little James. When they were
through he was dead. Realizing what they had done, the boys moved his body to a rail road
track, hoping a train would come so that no one could tell what they had done. The train
didn't come and the two boys were caught. In this essay Golding says "we are born with
evil in us and cruelty is part of this" ("Why Boys Become Vicious"2). He thinks a likely
cause of evil in boys is because of their parents. "If parents are absent, if fathers do
not provide strength, and mothers do not provide love, then children will plumb the depths
of their nature" ("Why Boys Become Vicious"3). William Golding proves his view by giving
examples of horrible people like Hitler, Stalin, and Idi Amin.

In the book Lord of the Flies, William Golding tells a story about human nature at its
worst. A group of young boys between the age of 5 and 12 are in an airplane crash that
leaves them stranded on a deserted island. For a while every thing is going good, they
pick a leader, and a group of hunters. Then it all starts with the little kids. The big
kids pick on the little ones for no reason. They run through their sandcastles and laugh
at them when they try to talk at the meetings. The leader boys also pick on Piggy. "He
dived in the sand at Piggy's feet and lay there laughing" (Lord of the Flies 11). He is an
overweight boy with glasses and asthma. Then every thing goes wrong when there is a power
struggle. Jack and Ralph both think they should be the leader. This leads to a division of
the boys. They break up into two different groups, the hunter/savages, and the normal
kids. Eventually all the kids except for Piggy and Ralph join the hunters. The hunters
then try to kill both Piggy and Ralph. They succeed in killing Piggy and they almost kill
Ralph too. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee…" (Lord of the Flies
181). They burn down half the island trying to catch Ralph, but he makes it to the beach
where there is a military guy to rescue them. "And in the middle of them, with filthy
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