The Decent From Civility Essay

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Often in life people are intimidated by someone who is different, or stands out. People who are different from others, or have different views often cause people to worry as they feel threatened by them and others simply don't like to be told what to do. It is these feelings of disapproval that cause others to question their differences and then question their authority. These feeling often start with hatred and violence, which lead to anarchy and destruction. In William Golding`s Lord of the Flies the boys on the island experience similar problem as they try to maintain order and rational thinking.
At first, the boys are thrilled to be on the island as they feel they are free from control and order of which they are so used to. This sense of freedom is short lived as soon after the boys begin to choose leaders among themselves. As Ralph takes place as the leader among the boys the class ...view middle of the document...

They see their different views and begin to question why they must listen to them and this results in Jacks rise to power. As this shift of power occurs we see the boys become more and more uncivilized and as a result they let their emotions and instinct take over and leave behind any civility and reason.
After the destruction of order people often tend to become more uncivilized as time goes on. The lack of order leads to anarchy and the problems continue to arise. After the boys left Piggy, Ralph and Simon to join Jack and the hunters they gave up their sense of order and became uncivilized as people.
This causes the boys to begin thinking irrationally and more on impulse which soon after would result in the death of Simon and Piggy, " Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy" (Golding 12). From this point there is not clear thought, only action from the hunters and this causes them to become a very violent force. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs explains the boys actions, as they were stripped of their wants they were thrown back down to the basic needs of life. These needs began to take over and nothing else seemed important especially order. The boys rapid decent down from civilization and order after the switch in power from Ralph to Jack is what caused the problems to arise on the island and are the reason that some of the boys ended up being killed in the end.
Often people are threatened by others who don't fit in, or by someone with different views. They are thought of as a threat and their power is questioned. This leads others to rise up against them to abolish their beliefs and their ways of doing things, even if that means that they become uncivilized in the process. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies it is shows how easily even the most well behaved and civilized people can become lost in the struggle for survival and teaches how intimidation and jealousy can lead to hatred and how hatred can often lead to violence.

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