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Man's True Nature. A Paper Over The Destruction Of Man Involving The Books, Grendel By John Gardner, 1984 By George Orwell, And Lord Of The Flies By William Golding.

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Man's True NatureMadonna states that she is a material girl which lives in a material world. Our world has transformed into a superficial mess. Countries are trying to civilize themselves to survive in the world we have today. It is a continuous cycle where only the fittest survive. Today, having the most money, the largest defense system, and the largest number of loyal followers are the corrupt values of humans. Farms are shrinking as well as natural rain forests and resources. As a result, historic culture is disappearing at the same time. Living a materialistic life has been a tradition passed down from ages. All humans live for is desires and sinful behavior. Once the ideas were started, stopping such a way of life is very difficult. Man has proceeded to remain unchanged. It acts a hole- a hole that symbolizes materialism, sin, desires, and destruction being dig by an egocentric society. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, it shows how a corrupt government can destroy and conquer its members. The Party does its best by brain wash everyone into supporting it. When one resists these directions, force is used along with abuse and torture. Grendel, the main character and the title of the novel by John Gardner, throws himself into the early life of the Anglo-Saxon society. Men abuse their neighbors, cheat on their wives, and destroy the earth around them. There is no respect for anyone or anything. Their desires and wishes become to center of which the society revolves around. The society in Lord of the Flies by William Golding reflects the one of Anglo-Saxon. Children are stranded on a deserted island and start to form their own civilization. Here, the natural instincts of man are revealed. The majority of the children follow after a greedy, wild, and savage-like lifestyle. They destroy the forests, kill the animals as well as two boys, and make no effort to upkeep a rescue signal. The same concept runs through out these three novels. The true nature of man is destructive.To be truly destructive is to corrupt from the inside, out. Controlling actions will get results but mask true domination. Getting inside one's mind can permanently change actions, feelings, and thoughts. Under the power of the Party, concrete things such as paper records, and common knowledge slowly ceased to exist. Winston Smith realizes what was becoming of society and its beliefs when he states, "Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the reason was forgotten, the lie became truth" (Orwell 75). What people keep in records for memories and societal truth was being erased. This happened slowly, not to spark any questions or revolt. Winston questions himself about the truths of his world and the Party's influence as he reflects, "And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right" (Orwell 80). He does not fear for his life, only if that his death was justified by knowing the truth and not being brainwashed....

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