Thursday, April 28, 2016

Does Humanity Win Against Evil, Or Does Evil Triumph?

So what happens when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place; does humanity win against evil, or does evil triumph? Well, from the Stanford Prison Experiment, college students were placed into two groups: the guards and the prisoners. The experiment would last two weeks. But, the experiment only lasted six days due to what the experiment was doing to the students. They were all good kids, but once they were placed into those groups, that's when things started going differently. It seemed like the power was going to the guards's heads and started to treat the prisoners badly. They all knew that this was an experiment, but given the situation, forgot that. They were supposed to not harm or physically hurt each other, but did after time of abuse. The prisoner put his hand on the guard's throat and backed him up against the wall, and the guard hit him with his baton and that's when they've lost their humanity. So from this example, when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place, evil triumphs.
 In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, kids ranging from ages 6 to 12, all boys, got stranded on an island. Unlike the Stanford Prison Experiment, the boys didn't know how long they were going to be on the island, and when they would be rescued. Over time, the boys have turned from civilized to more savage. Near the final chapters of the book, you can see how the boys have become more savage, and how it got two people killed. So like the Stanford Prison Experiment, when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place, evil in the end does triumph.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Negative Aspects of Mob Mentality to Lord of the Flies

There is negative aspects to the book, "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and it applies to the characters on the island. An example of a negative aspect that applies is when Robert is tormented by Ralph, Jack, and the hunters in chapter 7. They were hurting Robert all together, and Ralph participated in the tormenting. He has lost his self-awareness and given in to mob mentality with the hunters. Another negative aspect is in chapter 9 when everyone except Sam, Eric, Ralph, and Piggy attack Simon thinking he's the Beast and kill him. As said, there is negative aspects to Lord of the Flies, and in my opinion, I don't think there's any positive aspect of mob mentality to this book at all.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Lord of the Flies Ch 6 Figurative Language

"... but there were other lights in the sky, that moved fast, winked, or went out..." (95)

Image result for shooting star and moon on the beach

The light is being personified from this quote because it is given human-like qualities. Golding uses this figurative language at this time to show the light in the night sky as something more. Since it is World War II in the book, the lights in the sky is not only the stars, but it is planes being shot down in battles overhead. Golding was using light in the night sky to personify not only the stars, but the shot down planes. I chose this image to best reflect the quote because it has a shore as the book does. There's also a light that is moving downwards like a star, or in this case, a plane serving their country one last time.