Criminal Justice View of Lord of the Flies

Criminology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
An analysis of the book’s depiction of the `civilizing instinct` versus the `barbarizing instinct`.

`The Lord of the Flies dramatizes a fundamental human struggle: the conflict between the impulse to obey rules, behave morally, and act lawfully; and the impulse to seek brute power over others, act selfishly, behave in a way that will gratify one’s desires, scam moral rules, and indulge in violence. The first set of impulses might be thought of as the `civilizing instinct,` which encourages people to work together toward common goals and behave peacefully; the second set of impulses might be thought of as the `barbarizing instinct,` or the instinct to savagery, which urges people to rebel against civilization, seeking anarchy, chaos, despotism, and violence.`


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