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In The March of Folly historian Barbara Tuchman expresses how she feels that wooden-headedness the source of self-deception holds a large role in political affairs Wooden-headedness consists of assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting contrary signs This statement is a good one it can be argued that wooden-headedness is present in not only political matters but in all human affairs The writer agree with this from reading the book Lord of the Flies the author shows wooden-headedness not just being limited to government but also being present in human actions and decisionsThe start of Lord of the Flies explains wooden-headedness as shown in Ralphs actions Even after the plane crash and the realization of all the adults deaths and he is still okay with the situation Ralph is happy with the idea of being left on his own island Piggy is the one telling him the facts and all Ralph does is respond with the statement Sucks to your Jack also shows his wooden-headedness when he tells the boys in the chorus group to line up and stays in order Jack does not realize that the plane they were in has crashed and there is no reason for the kids to waste their time lining up At the feast hosted by the hunters Ralph participates in the attack of what everyone thinks is the beast Ralph shows how wooden headed he is by participating in the event of the attack The reason this might be construed as wooden headed is because Ralph knows that there is no beast and gets himself caught up in the moment and ignores all the facts to join with everyone else Toward the end of the novel Jack had forgotten completely about the existence of an outside world and is running around like a lunatic He ignores both Ralph and Piggys complaints about how things he is doing it wrong Inside Jack must
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