Social Cliques In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Carlos AlfonsoMrs. Russo2/13/14English 1Social Cliques in Lord of the Flies by William GoldingSocial cliques are both a blessing and a curse to adolescences in high school and evenin the real world. Cliques' help people find others that share common interest and allowadolescences to make friends and find themselves. Though cliques can often turn violent andexclude others because they do not share common interests they have become common place insociety and it is better to learn how to cope with them then to go against them. William Goldinguses a complex social hierarchy, a vivid character portrayal of abandonment and atonement, andthe use of friendship and betrayal in Lord of the Flies to accurately outline the causes and effectsof social cliques in adolescences."When we look at any society, whether primitive or highly developed, whether simple orcomplicated, we observe conformities of behavior, within the limits of variations due to individual differences, on the part of the individual members of any society as they carry on the daily busyness of living"(Sheriff & Cantril). Social cliques are prevalent even in primal or advanced societies, both groups have cliques appear on a regular bases. They are common enough in other animals that it has advanced far enough to be comparable to humans."In the bright glow and warm presence of the American Dream all men are born freeand equal"(Warner, Meeker, and Eells).Social cliques of status attempt to refute this statement by claiming one clique higher than another. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a cult classic amongst the many great books of its era to explore this concept of clique domination.. The book follows Ralph as he and dozens of other small children are deserted on anisland after a nuclear explosion forces them out of England, though the island is fruitful and thereis no need to bicker over resources constant infighting leads the group of teens and children todivide into 2 groups each with conflicting interest, Ralph's group and Jack's group (a fellowabandoned boy who is the leader of a small group called the choir). All of the children in Ralph'sgroup betray him and join Jack; Ralph is hunted down and almost killed until the children arerescued by a passing British naval officer and his ship. 2 children are dead and with their firstsight of an adult in months (or weeks, the book does not give an accurate portrayal as to howlong they were on the island exactly) they break out in tears and show that they are still childrenand didn't really understand what they were doing to each other. They were feeding of theirprimal desires and ended up killing for it. There are many reasons for the melt down that thosechildren have tried to build, from their immaturity, their hidden psychopathic nature and manymore."Groups can form around things people have in common" (Collins). There is often a cleardistinction between social cliques, for example the jocks in school almost never socialize withthe...

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