19, January 2018
Lord of the Flies
Human nature refers to the distinguishing characteristics that humans possess naturally. Human nature also contains characteristics that evolve from social systems and historical conditions. In the novel Lord of the Flies by Noble Prize winning author Sir William Golding, human nature is explored as the dark side of humanity due to their desires. The novel shows the loss of civilization among British schoolboys when they are left stranded on an island and their natural instinct is to live savagely, and how they are manipulated by fear and fall to violence. In the context of the novel, human nature contains many aspects in the context of the novel, including innate human goodness is overpowered by the desire for social acceptance and the corruptive nature of power.
Innate is defined as the essential character of something, originating in or arising from the mind, rather than through experience. Simon is a character who demonstrates innate human goodness. Thoughts hold the aspect of personality that holds all our internalized moral standards and ideals that we acquire from both our parents and society. It also represents human being good by nature. Ralph and Jack argue whether hunting is as important as building shelters, Ralph complains that Simon and he were working all day. Ralph says to Jack, “[a]ll the rest rushed off. He’s done as much as I have.”(45)(3) This indicates Simon’s helpfulness, discipline, and dedication to common good. Simon seems to outside the conflict between savageries, because he has a kind of goodness that is natural or innate rather than taught by human society. All other boys seem to have inherited their ideas of goodness and morality from the external forces of civilization, but Simon. After the communication between Ralph and Jack, there are some descriptions of Simon. There are some examples of his basic goodness and kindness, such as, Simon helps the “littluns” reach a high brand of fruit, and he enjoys helping Ralph build the huts. Even he was killed while trying to deliver the spiritual truth; he knows the truth about the “beast”, so he seeks to spread his enlightenment to others. His kindness is not mixed with impurities from the beginning to the end.
Social interaction is an exchange between two or more individuals and is a building block of society. By interacting with one another, people design rules, institutions and systems within which they seek to live. In the novel, how the boys interact has a direct impact on the rules and systems of the island. Social interaction is one of the attributes that can differentiate human beings as advanced animals from general animals. After arguing with Jack about the extinction of beasts, Ralph feels depressed, he considers stepping down as a chief. Ralph always wants to keep everybody civilized, but this time civilization’s hold is slipping. Ralph says to Piggy, “I ought to give up being chief. Hear...