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Primal Instinct Essay

919 words - 4 pages

In the Lord of the Flies William Golding has a group of schoolboys crash on an

island and become barbaric. The reason why the boys turn wild is because of their

primal instinct to hurt others. This behavior is inherited from early ancestors killing to

stay alive. Mans tendency towards violence, how people take sides and divide into

groups, and the struggle for power are three ways mans behavior will generally occur.

Each of these suggests that violence is a key factor to getting what they want.

Mans primal instinct towards violence really shows when they are living without

rules or realize that there are no authority figures to ...view middle of the document...

“Let him be the chief

with the trumpet thing.” (Page 24) This quote shows how all of the children are agreeing

on this. Once one mentions it, the rest agree. If there is not anyone brave enough to

mention something then no one will because they are all afraid that no one else will agree

with them. “Who thinks Ralph oughtn’t be chief?” – “he looked expectantly at the boys

ranged round, who had frozen.”(Page 140) This particular quote shows that. Everyone

really wanted Jack to be chief but each of them were afraid that no one else felt the same

way. They tend to group together when they make fun of someone or something funny is

said. “ “He’s not fatty,” cried Ralph, “his real name’s Piggy!” “Piggy!” “Piggy!” “Oh

Piggy!” A storm of laughter arose and even the tinniest child joined in. For the moment

the boys were a closed circuit of sympathy with Piggy outside:” (page 23) As long as

what someone has started seems mildly amusing everyone will join in. It takes one

person to start something and after that everyone will join in.

There is a major struggle for power, their desperate attempts for this power brings

them to their primal instinct to hurt others. They wish to control and in the process of

being there will do anything they can. Also to stay there they will make...

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