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If human nature is good then why do good people do bad things It is a question that has plagued philosophers for centuries In his novel Lord of the Flies William Golding explores this tendency within human nature and thus comments on the value system that society seems to promote It takes place after the breakout of a 3rd world war on an island in which British children are stranded alone His subtle development of the childrens social gatherings exhibits the insight that individually good people are easily led awry when they come together in a society The scenes of the first meeting at the beach celebration feast and gathering at Jacks camp are used by Golding to develop his conviction that it is human natures need for acceptance by the rest of society that tears individuals apart and leads them down the path of evil The inclination towards peer pressure and the individuals desire to be accepted are developed at the beginning of the novel during which the children gather together on the beach to asses their situation At first the meeting seems bright when the children sat down on the fallen palm trunks and waited8230asked names8230and speculated The children even decide that they out to have a chief and they make lots of rules However the evil tendency in human nature is brought out by peer pressure when a storm of laughter arose and the group names the fat boy Piggy Upon their first meeting the upscale British school children ostracize a fat boy because he is different than the rest of the group Even a small boy is met with a blow of laughter when he mentions a beast and the group ridicules him with laughter and cheers as though he was dreaming In an effort to feel accepted by the rest of the group everyone joins in to make fun of the children to ensure that they are not the only
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