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Lord of the Flies Sigmund Freud came up with the idea that human conscience can be broken down into three parts the id the ego and the superego Everybody has all three parts if some are more prominent than others The id is the part of the psyche that is unconscious and the source of primitive instinctive impulses and drives The ego contains consciousness and memory and is involved with control planning and conforming to reality The superego is the part of the mind that acts as a conscience to the ego developing moral standards and rules through contact with parents and society The superego and the id often conflict with one another and only the person himself can force either one to prevail Situations such as being stranded on a deserted island with a group of boys as in Lord of the Flies can also force ones psyche to combat with itself either moving towards the id or the superego In the novel Lord of the Flies William Golding uses various characters to show that this dynamic can change a person so severely that they will either become savage or their superego will be strong enough to predominantly override the push towards the id The antagonist of the story Jack showed the id conquering the superego through most of the story save the beginning before he had killed a pig When he first was confronted with an opportunity to slay a pig he did not take it because the idea of taking life was too much for him They knew very well why he hadnt killed the pig because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh because of the unbearable blood 31 When the other boys ask Jack why he didnt kill the pig he makes up excuses but says that next time hell kill it When Jack kills his first pig he enjoys doing it but at
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