Individual Freedom In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Society achieves its finest expression through the self-interests and freedoms of individuals to a certain degree. However, if we come to fully adopt the ideologies/principles expressed in the source(lessened government control), society could not reach its “finest expression”. We should only embrace the ideas represented in the source to a certain extent because with less government control and more individual freedom we put our societies at risk. Government control regulates how we each achieve our self-interests so that we do not harm others.
This source portrays a Liberal point-of-view: individual freedom, and limited government control. I believe that a more collective perspective would highly benefit a country’s people; wherein we have freedom under the law, and a controlled government also under the law.
With less government control, individuals would rather seek their own self-interests rather than the collective interests. This source shows an individualistic
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Golding presents us with a group of educated British schoolboys stranded on an uninhabited island: no adults, no rules. They soon decide, as a collective, to appoint one boy as a “Chief”. Ralph(the chosen leader) would be considered the novels “collective outlook”. Ralph is more concerned about the security and safety of the group as a whole. He wants to keep a signal fire lit for possible rescue, and build shelters while they wait. The boys agree and go along with Ralph’s plans until they encounter Jack-- the novel’s “individualist viewpoint”. Jack and Ralph have opposite ideologies. Jack wants run his own group by the self-interests and freedom of the boys-- essentially leading to the society’s destabilization. The boys’ freedom results in madness. Desperate to find food and to get off the island, their seemingly innocent self-interests quickly turn into a
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