Lord of the Flies

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In the novel, "Lord of the Flies," a group of British boys are left on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. Throughout the novel, they have conflicts between civilization and savagery, good vs. evil, order vs. chaos, and reason vs. impulse. What would it be like if the boys were replaced by a group of girls? Would they behave the same way they did in the novel? I believe that the girls would act in the same behavior as the boys in all ways because, everyone is installed with evil inside them which is their natural instinct, also because in life there is always a power struggle in all manners, and the outcome with the girls would be similar-since both sexes would plan on getting rescued. In all humans, evil exists. At some point we have to release it, and want to release it. For example, on the island Jack and Robert showed their evil while beating Wilfred, or even Robert who was hurt while the boys received pleasure out of his beating. Roger states, "He's going to beat Wilfred, I don't know why, he didn't say," (pg.159) as he giggles. Another example is when Robert is beaten by the boys for no reason in frenzy where he is the pig. They chant in chapter seven, "Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!" (pg. 114). These examples clearly show that the kids are letting their true evil get the better of them. As these boys are also humans, this also means that even if they were girls, and were exposed to a place where there was no civilization, they would want to let their evil out as well. It was philosophized by Thomas Hobbes- the famous English Philosopher, "All humans are born selfish and only seek their own personal interest, leading to violence and war." This quote is true and summarizes the children ... ... middle of paper ... ...when he suggests an idea to get rescued. The reason for Ralph expressing his logic is that he comes from a civilized place just like the girls would. The girls would have suggested a way to get rescued and they probably would get rescued, using their knowledge and understanding, maybe not in the same way as the boys, but the same idea. In conclusion, I believe that if the boys were replaced with girls, their outcome would be the same by getting rescued. In addition, throughout their stay on the island they would encounter the same problems the boys encountered such as controlling their natural impulse of evil, and conflicts with power. As everyone being human, the females would use their skills from civilization, logic, and other basic human senses to notice their condition, and plan on getting rescued, sharing the same beliefs as the boys as well as the outcome.
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