“Lord of the Flies Creative Essay”
There are many lessons of human nature to be learned from the novel Lord of the Flies; the book explores many aspects of human nature and society as a whole. We know this is evident because the book stirs a variety of human emotions for the reader. The implications of Lord of the Flies go far beyond these few small children being abandoned on a dessert island, it discovers the defects of the mind and our human nature in order to explain our actions in society. Human fear stems from the unknown, which leads to terror and often irrational behavior; just as the children on the island experienced fear, the island became an evil place as if “a beast “ had been unleashed. We later learn that the fear of the unknown causes humans to release their own devils from within. In effect, their world isn’t so different from the one we live in now.
I find it ironic that the very person who interrupted the children’s sick man-hunt of Ralph, will take the children to his ship, which will then hunt the enemy in the very same fashion. Society is no better than the children who are stuck on the island and showing their violent attributes. However, these children were saved, only to be exposed to the exact same situation on a greater level. The entire time the boys were stuck on that terrifying island they were wishing for an adult to come and release them from it. Who then will rescue this individual and save him from the terrors of the world?
There is also a political system on the island just as there is in our society. Ralph is the children’s elected representative. He appoints hunters (or an army in our case) and a leader to this group on the island. He also appoints people to look after the fire, people to get water, to get food and make shelters (political heads). They also have an age of importance on the island, they can distinguish a minor from their form of an adult just like us. In this way the island is run in an orderly fashion. However, as in most political systems there are people who will oppose the decisions made by their representative. Jack is this leader of anarchy on the island. He drives this toward Ralph like people in society would protest or go on strike. This in turn throws off the democracy and leaves the island in chaos just as it would leave our world in chaos.
Their fear of the beast, much like our fear of other countries or societies, has created an unstable form of government for the children. Their fear of the unknown allows Jack the opportunity to unleash his devil from within. He leads in a revolt against Ralph’s society and begins his own barbaric civilization. He lures the others to his side by offering meat (the equivalent to money in our terms), the children accept this and Ralph is left to tend his fire alone with only the aid of Simon and Samneric (Allies in a war). Simon is forced to think deeply about this situation.
“‘Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!’ said the head. For a moment or two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated places echoed with the parody of laughter. ‘ You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?’ ”
Due to this important encounter we learn that it is in our human nature. Our society allows us to become so mentally unstable as to murder and kill. This is often the result of fear or an extremely unsettling situation. The beast is us, it is a result of our behavior. The behavior of one individual can have an effect on our entire society. We have seen this through individuals like Adolph Hitler and Sadam Husain in our own encounters.
In conclusion, Lord of the Flies explores many aspects of human nature. This book shows that society can be changed drastically by the way one individual acts and the complexities of the human mind. This book was banned for a period of time due to the message it sends to the reader, however, we should look to our own world before we look to literature. This novel has only shown a small portion of the evil that our world has to offer; it is up to us to change before the evil consumes us like it did the boys on the island. This book shows in great detail the attributes of our society and explains (at least partially) why we do the things we do.