Logan BoggessMr. StevensENG 2DMonday, January 22Violence is, and always will be, a part of human nature. Since the beginning of human history, violence demonstrates its ability to give someone everything, or take it all away. In some cases, by taking everything away, anarchy begins to develop and causes rules, morals, and responsibilities to seem meaningless. Lord of the Flies by William Golding, captures the raw essence of violence and anarchy within the likes of children, without any adult authority or command. It truly explicates how the urges of aggression and chaos are in humanity from the beginning, even as children.As the plot deepens, most of the minor characters begin to lose interest or focus on their responsibilities and rules due to the disorder beginning to take place. Firstly, after a ship passes the island, Jack is ridiculed by Ralph and Piggy for letting the fire die out while hunting and diminishing their chances of rescue. Ralph sees the violence slowly taking over Jack and making him forget his duties for survival as he states, “You talk. But you can’t even build huts-then you go off hunting and let out the fire-” (Golding, 74). This elucidates how Ralph notices Jack’s new mentality to prioritize hunting and killing. Furthermore, as Jack degrades Ralph’s attempt at renewing their poorly constructed society and lead the other children away from the meeting, Piggy asks Ralph to blow the conch to bring them back. Ralph refuses to attempt as he feels that, “If I blow the conch and they don’t come back; then we’ve had it. We shan’t keep the fire going. We will be like animals. We’ll never be rescued” with Piggy replying “If you don’t blow. We’ll soon be animals anyway” (Golding, 99). This brief conversation bestows the realization to the two boys, that anarchy already begins to take place, and their rules are no longer relevant. Lastly, as Ralph and Piggy confront the “savage children” at their new fort, they reach a confrontation and cause violence within. As savagery takes over the minds of many, it leads to Roger rolling a boulder on Piggy: “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (Golding, 200). With the conch being the last remnant of their makeshift society, it is what holds together the fine line between complete anarchy and humanity. Due to the destruction of the conch, the restraints limiting the children no longer exist. With anarchy slowly consuming the undeveloped minds of the boys, their sense of morals and formalities deteriorates over time. To begin, more and more boys fend for themselves as they have no adults to take care of them, thus resulting in less care for themselves as they do not know otherwise. Whilst describing the newcomings of the boys, Golding presents: “The undoubted littluns. . . led . . . a life of their own. They ate most of the day, picking fruit where they could reach it and not particular about ripeness and quality”(Golding, 61). Now the children forget their own personal morals and resort to eating the first thing in sight, whether it posses negative effects or otherwise. Next, as Ralph begins to feel pleasure by teasing Piggy on his physical appearance, Piggy resorts to taking his sarcasm in a negative way. After proposing his idea of a sundial and having Ralph smile at the idea, he came to notice that, “There had grown up tacitly among the biguns the opinion that piggy was an outsider, not only by accent, which did not matter, by fat, and ass-mar, and specs, and certain disinclination for manual labor “(Golding, 68). The children’s morals alter to the extent of judging others solely on their ability to survive rather than support each other as Piggy is intelligent, but does not have physical prowess. Finally, in the beginning in which the boys are discovering each other for the first time, Ralph learns of Piggy’s name and teases him for it. He tells the rest of the group even though Piggy pleads for him not to do so. After Piggy confronts Ralph about his mistake he feels, “more understanding at Piggy, saw that he was hurt and crushed. He hovered between the two courses of apology or further insult. ‘Better Piggy than Fatty,’ he said at last” (Golding, 68). The morals of the children in this novel are unjust from the beginning, and then later leading them into even more carelessness as anarchy takes over. Nearing the ending of the book, violence overcomes most of the boys, especially Jack, and transforms their originally weak and childish mentalities into that of savages. To start, as Jack tells his tale of his hunt, which he becomes so proud of, he realizes to himself that, “His mind was crowded with memories… of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink” (Golding, 74). The violence that occurs during the hunt fills Jack’s thirst and causes him to begin seeking more, as the craving for blood continues. As well, when the aggressive nature of Jack starts to fester, his sense of anarchy becomes more prominent. He refuses to rely on Ralph’s rules and authority as he does not hunt like the rest, making him appear weak and unworthy. With Ralph trying to enforce the right of the conch on the group, Jack refuses his rule and rebels, saying, “Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong-we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat-!” (Golding. 99). With Jack announcing his violent ways to the rest of the boys, it elucidates the effects savagery has on his once innocent mind. His sense of arrogance from his lust for violence makes him truly dangerous at this point in the story. Lastly, every character experiences the overwhelming urge to turn to savagery and brutality. At one point while playing a “game” with the rest of the boys and pretending one boy is a pig, the violence that occurs even affects Ralph. As Golding comments, “Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding, 125). The ferocity of violence and how it can consume even the most pacifistic of humanity displays how great of a part it is in human nature. Violence is a key part of human nature, and it is not an urge that we can control easily. It does not take much to overcome someone with the thirst to inflict pain on others. Throughout The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the tribe of boys allows anarchy, morality, and violence to rule their will and methods of survival, to the extent of killing their own brethren. The society established by some of the boys, such as Ralph, rapidly turns to anarchy as the taste of blood blinds the boys from better judgement. Violence and anarchy are main components of what makes up humanity, and without it, would not have the ability to make a moral decision. Works CitedGolding, William. Lord of the flies: a novel. Faber and Faber, 1990.