Lord of the Flies explores issues such as greed, power, corruption and death.If left to our own devices do you believe that humans are naturally inclined to behave wrongly in the abscence of law,...

Lord of the Flies explores issues such as greed, power, corruption and death.

If left to our own devices do you believe that humans are naturally inclined to behave wrongly in the abscence of law, order and justice or can mankind rise above these vices and display moral character? Provide examples to support your answer.

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In Lord of the Flies, some characters are naturally inclined to behave wrongly in the absence of law, order, and justice. Jack and his hunters turn into savages. Their behavior is reprehensible. They torture the sow whose head becomes the symbol of the beast. Left to their own devices, Jack and his hunters, especially Roger, act out in cruel, unnecessary behavior:

They go off on a hunt in which they kill a sow, gruesomely and cruelly. They cut off the pig's head and mount it on a stick in sacrifice to the beast.

While Jack and his hunters react violently on their hunting trips, some of the other boys do not. Ralph, Piggy, Simon and the twins do not act out in ways of savagery. They build shelters and try to maintain some civilized conditions.

What this proves is that savagery is innate in some individuals yet not others. Jack and his hunters create a hunting reenactment. They build a hunting dance into a frenzy. When Simon comes crawling out of the forest, they kill him with their bare hands and teeth:

At this moment, Simon emerges from the forest screaming about a dead man on a hill. He wanders into the center of the circle. The boys mistake him for the beast, fall on him, and beat him as he screams something about a body on the hill. Simon staggers to the edge of the rocks and falls over onto the beach. The boys descend upon him again, screaming and biting, and beat him to death in the sand.

While Jack is triumphant in his total anarchy, Ralph tries to hold hold on to his beliefs in civilized order. He feels he is fighting a losing battle. In the end, he does end up alone, fleeing for his very life. Roger pushed a rock and it knocked Piggy to his death. Now Ralph is being hunted by Jack and his savage hunters.

No doubt, Jack and his hunters have completely lost all forms of government. Without law and order, the boys become animals.

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