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Hobbes Leviathan The Lord of the Flies A society is defined as a group of people uniting in a common interest Even though some people do not always seem to have parallel perspectives they do share one common interest which is survival The survival of man is dependent on mans ability to adapt to their needs and surroundings This concept is known as evolution The society of man has evolved in its journey through time to help ensure mans survival According to Thomas Hobbes Leviathan it is in the nature of men to thirst for power or the ability to control Hobbes writes a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and relentless desire of power after power that ceases only in death p330 He believes that the thirst for power is insatiable and will only stop after death The thirst for power is insatiable because he cannot assure the power and means to live wellwithout the acquisition of more p330 Man can only guarantee his own survival by acquiring more power Hobbes believes that mans struggle for power begins in a setting that he describes as state of nature The state of nature is the name for a society that has no government no rules and everyone is granted equal power An example of a society being in a state of nature would be the island in which The Lord of the Flies takes place A group of young boys are stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash Since there are no adults there are no rules nor governing body and everyone has an equal voice in their society But it is not long before the nature of man takes effect The natural thirst for power causes the boys to become enemies and the island is separated into two groups With two groups on the island it is only natural that one group craves to strip the power from
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