Friday, April 15, 2016
Mob Mentality in "Lord of the Flies"
There are many examples of mob mentality in "Lord of the Flies," by William Golding, but there are no examples of good mob mentality. All of the mob like behaviors shone by the boys in "Lord of the Flies" are bad and usually end poorly. One example of this is when the boys are hunting for pigs on the island. They don't want the excitement they felt to end so they start acting like a mob and loose there self control. The boys start celabrating by yelling "'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'" (Golding, 114). They pretend that Robert is the pig. They say it is just a game but they end up hurting him. This kind of mob mentality is bad because they are hurting each other. Another example is when they kill the mother pig with newborn piglets. Then, they are so excited from the kill that they cut off the pigs head and put it on a stick. The behaviors that they are showing are things that they would normally not do if they were back home in England. They new environment and not having anyone to tell them to stop is making the boys act differently and more savage.