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Lord of the Flies Mind Map by Erik Reibel

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a important book to read in today's society. His message about human nature is important because it applies to all of us to this day.
Lord of the Flies
By William Golding
Are Humans Naturally Good or Evil Articles
I believe this quote helps support Golding's message. Eric in this part of the story starts to give up on his task. He starts thinking negatively. He fails to have a "good" outlook. This kind of attitude is a self-centered kind of attitude that isn't good.
"The rules!" shouted Ralph. "You're breaking the rules!" "Who care?" Ralph Summoned his wits.
"Because the rules are the only thing we've got!"
This is an important quote because it shows that in a miserable world people will cling to the good things. While it doesn't show the evil in human hearts it shows what
prevents
it.
"When in a stable and safe environment with enough food in our bellies, having a biology of morality helps sustain our place in a community of humans who help ensure our biological imperatives."
-Paul J. Zak
Psychology Today
Again, when in a good environment we act good. This is so that we can be apart of a community and help each other. This is the nice side of the human heart.
"Im too tired. And what's the good anyways?"
"Eric!" cried Ralph in a shocked voice. "Don't talk like that!"
What the lord of the flies is saying is that the terror of the beast from the story is only apart of the boys minds. The fear that shakes the groups stability is only apart of their minds. Fear apart of our society today to, its nothing new.
Lord of the Flies
Mind Map

By Erik Reibel
"Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!" said the head. "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?"
"We're a complicated species-- both moral and immoral as our environment and physiology dictates." -Paul J. Zak
Psychology Today
This helps support Golding's message about the darkness in human hearts because what Paul says runs parallel to what happens in
Lord of the Flies
. As the situation and the boys living standards got worse and worse so did their mentality and trust between each other. They started caring less about each other.
In highly stressful, resource poor environments, we'll step on whoever is in front of us to survive.
-Paul J. Zak
Psychology Today
This is the opposite of the previous statement. This is the side of the heart Golding exposes. This is the side that Golding tells us about.
Mob Mentality
"There are a number of explanations for mob mentality within social psychology. These include... Emotions- Being apart of a group can lead to heightened emotional states, be that excitement, anger, hostility, etc."
-HealthPsychologyConsultancy
Mob mentality can lead to excitement, anger and hostility. Reading
Lord of the Flies
gives a prime example when the entire group gets into a frenzy and murders Simon. The 3 stated emotions can lead to acts that we would never commit by ourselves and deem evil. These things can happen even if we frown upon them.
Id, Ego, and Superego
by Sigmund Freud
The Id... operates on the pleasure principle (Freud 1920) which is the idea that every wishful impulse should be satisfied immediately, regardless of the consequences.
Lord of the Flies
does a good just of showing Freud's Id, Ego and Superego. In the story, Jack represents Id. He wants to be in power and he wants his human needs. He doesn't care about the fire which is necessary for them to get back to civilization and wants to only hunt. He is the opposite of Piggy.
The Superego's function is to control the Id's impulses, especially those which society forbids, such as sex and aggression. It also has the function of persuading the ego to turn to moralistic gals rather than simply realistic ones and to strive for perfection.
In the story, Superego is represented by Piggy. Since Piggy was brought up by a caring grandmother he is caring himself. He unlike Jack, seeks moralistic goals such as returning to civilization.
The Ego operates according to the reality principle, working out realistic ways to satisfying the Id's demands, often compromising or postponing satisfaction to avoid negative consequences of society.
In the story, Ralph represents Ego. Compromising between Superego and Id. He is the medium.
In the end, William Golding teaches us about the immoral, selfish side of the human heart. He also makes connections to Id, Ego and Superego and Mob Mentality. Lord of the Flies gets Golding's message about the darkness of the human heart across to readers and is a important read because of it.
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