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The Mind Of Society Essay

990 words - 4 pages

People’s regrets take a toll on them. The school boys is in Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a novel set on a tropical island, regret what they did. In this story there are a group of schoolboys that get into a plane crash and are left without adults. As adolescents they decide who gets the power to be leader. Ralph is picked because of his appearance. Throughout the book, Jack abuses his power which leads to the death of Simon and Piggy; at the end they all regret what they did. In Lord of the Flies Golding demonstrates that people react to bad stimulus without realizing it, which results in an emotional breakdown.
Because of Simon’s death, Ralph and Piggy start to feel sorrow. As Piggy and Ralph are discussing the death of Simon they argued, “ that was murder said Ralph, Piggy replied saying, you stop!, shrilly. Again he said, What good’re you doing talking like that? was an accident, said Piggy stubbornly, and that’s that said Piggy finally, Ralph replied, but we were! All of us!”(156-157). This demonstrates that Piggy did not want to admit the truth. He keeps on denying the fact that the Simon’s death is a murder. Ralph knows that Simon’s death is a murder; for what he took part of was not humane. This relates to Golding’s point of society because people do not want to face the consequences of what they do wrong. Ralph and Piggy feel pitiful for themselves because of their behavior which results in them being in denial. Ralph and Piggy start to grow guilt in them because of Simon’s death.
In Lord of the Flies the school boys feel guilt and shame for what they did just like the students in the wave experiment. When the Naval officer came and spoke to Ralph the school boys starts to feel shameful as Ralph was crying, “ His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too”( Golding 202). This explains the terror the boys were experiencing because they realize they have not been conducting themselves the right way. The school boys use a defense mechanism called regression which allowed the boys to react like a child, they cry because of the realization of what they did. Further more humans feel guilt and anxiety after they do something wrong, and that is what the boys did. So on, the Wave document is when a teacher tests his students to see if they would follow his rules. According to the wave experiment, “Only then is the hoax revealed. We were in a state of shock; there were kids crying, recalls ex-pupil Mark Hancock. He wound that class up as tight as a drum”(Sheila Johnston). This is another example of regression because the...

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