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Human NatureWilliam Golding wrote two famous works, Lord of the Flies, and Why Boys Become Vicious. He was awarded the Pullet Surprise for Lord of the flies.
They also made this book into two different movies. William Goldings view of human nature is mankind is naturally evil, everyone is born that way. The book Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of young boys stranded on a disserted island.
They have power struggles, and eventually break up into two different groups, the savages, and the normal kids. In William Goldings other writing, Why Boys Become Vicious, he describes an event that took place in England. Two ten-year-old boys kidnapped two-year-old James Bulger, and beat him to death for no apparent reason.
There are many people who agree with his ontological view but I am not one of them. William Golding believed that human nature is evil; however, I believe only some people are evil.In the essay Why Boys Become Vicious, Golding proves what he wrote 40 years earlier about human nature. He tells about a real life example of humans at their worst. Two ten-year-old Liverpool boys have been charged with the death of two-year-old James Bulger. They kidnapped him from a shopping center with his mother not faraway. The two boys led him outside for a long walk until they came to a large group of boys, most around the age of 10.
Then for no apparent reason they all started to beat little James. When they were through he was dead. Realizing what they had done, the boys moved his body to a rail road track, hoping a train would come so that no one could tell what they had done. The train didnt come and the two boys were caught. In this essay Golding says we are born with evil in us and cruelty is part of this (Why Boys Become Vicious2). He thinks a likely cause of evil in boys is because of their parents.
If parents are absent, if fathers do not provide strength, and mothers do not provide love, then children will plumb the depths of their nature (Why Boys Become Vicious3). William Golding proves his view by giving examples of horrible people like Hitler, Stalin, and Idi Amin. In the book Lord of the Flies, William Golding tells a story about human nature at its worst.
A group of young boys between the age of 5 and 12 are in an airplane crash that leaves them stranded on a deserted island. For a while every thing is going good, they pick a leader, and a group of hunters. Then it all starts with the little kids.
The big kids pick on the little ones for no reason. They run through their sandcastles and laugh at them when they try to talk at the meetings. The leader boys also pick on Piggy. He dived in the sand at Piggys feet and lay there laughing (Lord of the Flies 11).
He is an overweight boy with glasses and asthma. Then every thing goes wrong when there is a power struggle. Jack and Ralph both think they should be the leader. This leads to a division of the boys. They break up into two different groups, the hunter/savages, and the normal kids. Eventually all the kids except for Piggy and Ralph join the hunters.
The hunters then try to kill both Piggy and Ralph. They succeed in killing Piggy and they almost kill Ralph too. The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee (Lord of the Flies 181). They burn down half the island trying to catch Ralph, but he makes it to the beach where there is a military guy to rescue them. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy (Lord of the Flies 202). This book is an example of William Golding’s view of human nature. These were average schoolboys who turned into savages and tried to kill their friends.
Instead of working together to get off the island they were killing each other. My opinion on the true nature of humankind is everyone does what they want, some of it good, some bad, and some evil. Every one has been through different things in 1their life, and they all have different views about what is right and what is wrong.
For example, last month some guy killed three people. And we also have people like Marten Luther King. I established my opinion from experience. In my life I have encountered all different types of people. So I cant say that everyone is a certain way.
William Golding believes that human nature is evil; however, I believe that only a select few are evil. His view was expressed in the book Lord of the Flies, where he described a group of boys who went bad and turned into savages. 40 years later his view was also expressed in an essay called Why Boys Become Vicious. In this essay he had proof of how bad young boys really are. My view differs from William Golding in that I think that only some people are bad. It all depends on what you have been through in your life.
The world has never really been all good or bad. We have had wars, and we have had times of peace. In the future I see things only getting worse. If you compare the world today to 100 years ago, we have gotten a lot worse.Many more people are being killed by other people for no reason.