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Humanity And Its Way Of Being Lost

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Sanity, slowly fading away, with a savagery slowly taking its place. Within the book, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, world war had broken out, causing an all-boys school to evacuate, and as a result, a group of boys ranging from ages of 3 to 13 are stranded upon an unknown tropical island with no adults. The boys take it upon themselves to survive, until they are rescued, but being being upon the island for so long, the boys slowly lose who they are, starting with appearances, then changes within their way of thinking, and ending with their actions. Lives and personalities are lost to the influence of the barbarity of the island. Leaving the young men of the past behind, with animals ...view middle of the document...

The masks that the boys had made, was secretly taking away the boys’ morals. In a matter of fact, the colorful masks was changing their way of thinking.
Under the influence of painted masks, and the island, the boys’ minds were taking a turn. They started to change their priorities and morals. “‘The job was too much. We need everyone.’ Ralph turned. ‘You could have had everyone when the shelters were finished. But you had to hunt-’ ‘We need meat’” (Golding, 71). With the knowledge of the painted masks, the young males had started only thinking of meat. They loved to hunt, and they soon began to consider hunting as their top priority. But within hunting, there is one key factor, violence. “‘Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong- we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat-!’” (Golding, 91). The boys had commenced in thinking in simple terms, and only violence as their answer for every problem. But this way of thinking, came with a horrible price to pay. In other words, that price they had to pay was something they would have never thought of in the beginning, death among each other.
The final action that the influencing island had done, was have the boys have a change in their behavior. The boys had initiated their barbaric actions first by making sounds of animals, and attacking each other. “Then there was a vicious snarling in the mouth of the shelter and the plunge and thump of living things. Someone tripped over Ralph’s and Piggy’s corner became a complication of snarls and crashes and flying limbs” (Golding, 167). The boys had already split apart at this point of time, and the ones that had chosen the native life, had already resorted to violence for...

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