Lord of the Flies Essay

Lord of the Flies If you were in plane crash and landed on an inland with a bunch of kids do you think your natural rights could be violated? If you are wondering what natural rights are any rights that exists by the virtue of natural law. Locke strongly believed in the natural rights of man. His basic thesis maintained that in a state of nature, men have a “perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons as they see fit, within the bounds of law and nature, without asking leave or depending upon the will of any other man. He professed the idea that man has a natural right to life, to liberty, and to property, and he justified his beliefs on the foundation of natural law. From the evidence I gather from the movie I believe the boy’s natural rights were violated. The first right that Locke proposed, the right to life, is certainly violated throughout the movie. Simon, the first victim, is killed by “accident” when the group mistakes him for the beast. Piggy though, is killed purposefully. Because Piggy is the symbol of civilization and order, killing him is evidence that Locke’s natural rights are disregarded, and savagery takes its place.

The last instance of the violation of the right to life is when the boy’s began to hunt Ralph. By this time you can tell that Jack’s group is fully savage. They want to kill Ralph since he is not in their group; they believe he doesn’t have the right to live. The second right that is breached in the movie is the right to liberty. This first occurs when Jack threatens the boy’s that if they don’t leave to join him they won’t be protected from the “beast”, and that they won’t have food.

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Jack in this instance is taking away the boy’s right to liberty by giving them an unfair choice. The second instance is when Jack’s group attacks Ralph’s; this is another form of threats from Jack’s group. The last instance is when Ralph, Piggy, and the twins go try to get Piggy’s glasses back. Jack’s group kills Piggy, and forces the twins to join their group. This is the last straw; the right of liberty is completely taken away when the boy’s have no choice on who leads them. The last right that is violated is the right to property.

This occurs in the movie when Jack’s group steals Piggy’s personal glasses. This shows that now a single person’s property right is taken away. Jack finally steals the two twins from Ralphs group to make them his soldiers. Some might say it worse to steal someone for personal gain than just stealing someone’s personal item. The final and most harsh instance is when Jack’s group destroys Ralph’s group’s home. They show here that since Ralph’s group was not part of their group that they don’t have the right to have property.

The boy’s natural rights were addressed, breached, and abused throughout the movie. Their rights to life were breached and destroyed during the lost innocence of the boy’s. Their right to liberty was taken away when they were forced to consent to new leadership. Last their right to property was stolen. They boy’s in the end let their impulse for savagery take over their decision to have politeness. The boy’s were bloodthirsty and savage; all their natural rights were completely violated.