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.

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