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The Fates Of Visionaries And The Nature Of Society Interpretation On Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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I remember my mother telling me the story of Moses and his people. “God had a greatdestiny for Moses. Moses was the son of a Pharaoh but sympathized for the Hebrew slaves ofwhom he were of descent. For this he was cast out of Egypt and for this he was chosen by Godto lead his people out of slavery to the freedom of the Promise Land. To the Pharaoh he shouted,“Let My People Go!”, but the pharaoh saw only the need of his city to be built and ignored whatMoses said. The story was something along those lines. As a child, I wondered why the Pharaohwouldn’t listen to Moses. To me it seemed like common sense and I often reassured my self thatif I was ever in the same situation that I would do the right thing, which at that time seemed veryclear. Of course at that time I only understood the essence of human morality. Now of course Iunderstand that even more than greed or the concept of conventional slavery, the Pharaoh didn’twant to acknowledge a being higher than himself. If the idea of a person does not conform withthe rest of society or superiors, they are subject to be outcast.William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, uses Simon a “Skinny, Vivid little boy” (24) torepresent Visionaries in our Society. Simon from the start of the novel was different, which did notsit well with the boys. Likewise, in society we see difference as something that makes us nervous.What about difference puts us out of our comfort circle? When Simon suggested the concept ofthe “it (ie.beast) [being] only [them]” he was laughed at. Society does not like things that aredisturbing; we rely on comforting conventions amongst ourselves. In the case of the boys theirconvention was sanity; the idea of being scared towards something before their eyes was morecomforting and sane than being scared amongst themselves. Unfortunately it is the presence ofconventions and conformity in our society that have led to some of humanity’s greatesttragedies.To understand the ways and reasoning of a society, we must first understand the generalindividual and move upwards to the general groups. The most instinctive urge or an individualamidst the group is to conform. Conformity is also primal instinct that is necessary when survivingas a pack. This is demonstrated in Lord of the Flies when towards the end of the book the boysgradually join Jack’s group for fear of being the one left out, for food, shelter and a feel of safetyin a pack. At the beginning of the book we had one group led by Ralph where everybody felt theneed for order and democracy; this shifted in the middle when Jack challenged the leadershipskills of Ralph and went off to make his own group and so there were two groups (one of whichwas growing) which marked the uncertain mindsets of the individuals. In the end Jack’s group wasthe largest due to the fact that a) the littluns (vast majority)...

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