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Lisa Trask

Mr. Bronner

Advanced Sophomore English

1 November 1999

The Surroundings of Man

Is man really born with a evil persona or a persona that is

worthy as an angel or is man born naked for a reason because he

has nothing to bring to this world but himself? A person is not

innately any characteristic, he was brought to the world from

love and must choose to love or not. Mother Theresa explains

this best by saying, "Everyone was created to be loved and to

love." The novel, Lord of the Flies, has characters that were not

brought to the island good or evil, but has characters that

changed because the atmosphere that they are in changed them.

Because of the environment that you are in makes you become a

certain person, you change with the circumstances of your

environment, and interact with the condition of your


Major events affect your life in drastic ways. A marriage,

for instance is a major occurrence and different kinds of

marriages can drastically change your life. A marriage that is

abusive emotionally and physically can make your life full of

hatred, you could be depressed, you could see your self as less a

person than you are, and you could also be a frightened person

because of it. A marriage completely different is one full of love.

A marriage like that can cause a person to act blissful, to go out

and do more things on account of your support system, and you

can show other people to have loving lives like yours. All the

characters, as one, are in a kind of marriage together, they lived

concurrently and supported each other. The marriage was

abusive, they taunted each other, especially Piggy. They taunted

him at first meeting by saying this, "He's not Fatty... his real

name's Piggy"(21). On account of that Piggy felt not worthy to

other characters in the novel and didn't get to show his more

intelligent side to everyone. Events are a primary device that

causes people to act a certain way. If the characters didn't live

so close together and taunt Piggy, would he have acted the way

he did through the course of the novel?

Being brought into particular situations can alter your life.

To cite an instance, a child being taken from his home, the only

place he knew, and put into a foster home would be a particular

situation that could alter one's life. The other place he lived in

may have been harmful to his well-being and it was a positive

occurrence that he was brought out of his home. On the other

hand, the foster home could affect his well-being in a more

negative way than his old home. The Lord of the Flies is based

upon the fact that these children were suddenly thrusted into a




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