Viewing Oneself as Superior to Others
All alone, on isolated land, without one authority figure, any restrictions or order; not only is this how the book, Lord of the Flies, starts off, but also it is how most societies began. Eventually, leaders will emerge, decisions will be made, things will go wrong, and distress will come to each and every society. It is inevitable to avoid distress because when making vital decisions, everyone deems their own opinion best, causing automatic conflict. In the book, Lord of the Flies, William Golding argues through the use of an allegory that when placed without rules and instruction, it is human nature for people to become uncivilized and selfish; because once people are able to live fearlessly they act without regard for others on instinct.
When people lack an authority figure to look down upon their bad decisions and provide them with consequences, they are able commit inhumane crimes regularly. Throughout Lord of the Flies, the acceptance of evil is displayed continuously. At the beginning of the book Ralph takes control, he leads the boys in a civilized manner, sets his priorities straight and is determined to get off the island. However, as the book goes on and Ralph does not find immediate success with his most essential goal, the boys begin to doubt his leadership abilities. Taking advantage of the moment, Jack began to rebel and finally got what he wanted from the start, his own tribe. Once the two tribes were clearly distinguished, madness broke out. Jack began to thrive on the power he now obtained; wanting more and more each day his primary concern was to turn the island into a monarchic society, where he would be able to rule without being questioned. He knew that to achieve this goal he would have to eliminate any possible threats, "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!...At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore." (Golding 156). Illustrates exactly how Jack and his tribe craved violence. While this went on, Golding made it clear that the "beast" coming from the forest was Simon, the most logical boy on the island undoubtedly. The fact that not even one person stood up for Simon while he was being tormented shows how accustomed the boys had become to evil. After killing the sow and numerous pigs mercilessly, the Castle Rock tribe saw Simon as just another object in their way. There was no authority figure to relay to them that what they were doing was not right; subsequently they saw no reason to stop. Just like what we learned about the Rwandan genocide and how the Tutsi's were annihilated so rapidly, Jack strategically made it so each member of the tribe had a part in the previous killings. This is because as they sung their song and got ready for a hunt over