Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Struggles of Mob Mentality

Mob mentality can be something that can lead to tears of joy but usually results in arrests. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, mob mentality creates many negative situations throughout the book. Many factors influence mob mentality and how it effects the characters. In this book, the boys are alone and unsupervised. Without a strong sense of authority, many events escalate far past what would be acceptable in the real world. One instance where Golding shows mob mentality is when the boys play the game of hunter and prey. This game would have instantly been stopped if they were still in England. However, since they are alone on the island the game quickly turns more than violent. All the boys in their group are the hunters and poor little Robert is the one chosen as the pig. The boys reenact a fight and Robert is shoved, punched and pinned to the ground. He seems to be getting hurt, but the boys don't care. Another example of this is when the group of boys beat up Simon and kill him. The group of boys feed off each others energy and nervousness which leads to the boys becoming overly violent.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

When good people are placed in an evil or harmful place surprising things happen. Examples of this are found throughout The Stanford Prison Experiment and Lord of the Flies. The Stanford Prison Experiment is an experiment that was run by professors at Stanford on their students. The students were broken up into two groups; prisoners and guards. The guards quickly became violent and abusive of the prisoners. This shows how quickly good people can become power hungry and evil. In Lord of the Flies, this is similar to how the kids on the island slowly become savage without supervision. A great example of this is when Jack ties up Wilfred and beats him in plain view. This shows how the boys become savages and their actions change as they stay on the island longer. I think these examples show how evil triumphs over people. In both these examples the characters slowly become corrupted and evil because of the situation. Good people in bad environments lose sight of their morals and become different people.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Figurative Language Blog Assignment - Lord of the Flies

"The maze of the darkness sorted into near and far, and at the high point of the sky the cloudlets were warmed with color" (99).

The quote I chose compares the darkness of the night to the mystery of a maze. This quote explains how easy it is to misinterpret something that takes place during the night. The next section of the quote describes the beauty of the sunrise and how perception changes during the day. The quote explains how things become more clear and defined during the day opposed to during the night. Golding uses figurative language at this moment in the book because early that morning, Sam and Eric claim to have seen the beast. This is actually just the darkness playing tricks on their minds and twisting the image of a parachutist into this "beast" like creature. They boys describe the beast to Ralph and the whole group becomes fearful of the beast that was truly only the darkness. As the sun comes up, Golding uses this quote to compare the difference between day and night. If Sam and Eric were there during the day they would not have seen a "beast". They would have only seen the parachutist in the clarity of the daytime.


This image shows an example of a tangled maze that Golding compares to the night. Just like a maze, darkness can make things seem complex and unfamiliar.


This picture shows the sun piercing through clouds. The area where the sun hits the ground is much more clear and defined then the areas outside of the suns rays. This shows what Golding was trying to describe with the sun bringing clarity in the morning.