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Nature versus Nurture in Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, shows how children would act if placed in an environment without any rules or guidance. It conveys that everyone needs guidance and help in their lives. Without them society would crumble and would end up like the disaster in the book. The children in the Lord of the Flies have conflict and it is basically always n the format of the peaceful, intelligent and "sane" children against the wild, rough and insane children. The one peaceful side tends to show the signs of nurturing similar to what was present back in their everyday lives. In contrast, the other group was much more keen on nature and hunting. These children wanted to have no part of the other group and were guilty of both murders that occurred on the island. If everyone on the island had been like the nurturing group, the children could have established a very organized civilization.

When the boys first crash-landed on the island they still showed signs of being nurtured. They still had the views and principles of their old land and society. Ralph and Piggy seemed to be the only two children that enforced or still obtained the nurturing mentality throughout the course of the book. Jack and the rest of his clan seemed to differ from Ralph and Piggy and were focused on hunting which was something new to all of them. They became fond of this new lifestyle and began to blend in with nature. They wished for a society where there are no rules or order. They also began to be quite vicious and violent with the other people on the island. Ralph was more focused on building a shelter to keep them safe, which shows that he wished to take care of the other members of his society. He also was focused on keeping a fire going to signal oncoming boats. He wished to save his people and unlike Jack realized they could not live here forever.

The nurturing group on the island ended up to be Ralph, Piggy, Simon, before he was murdered, and Sa...

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