Lord of the Flies from a Psychology Viewpoint

Lord
of the Flies from a Psychology Viewpoint

In the book, "Lord of the Flies" by William

Golding, there were many things that happened that relate well to what
we have been doing in Psychology 181. There were several times when I found
myself relating what we learned in class to the situation that the group
of boys in the book found themselves in. The knowledge that I have learned
has helped me understand and try to figure out why some of the characters
acted the way they did. I found the whole thing very interesting.

In this report I will demonstrate what

I have found to be some of the most interesting points of psychology that
were incorporated in "Lord of the Flies". This will prove to be a difficult,
but inspiring task. The first thing I noticed was we stereotype people
as soon as we meet them. Another, interesting psychological finding that
was in the book was that the boys had to fill the basic need. This relates
to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. Finally, in doing this report I get
to incorporate another interesting point of psychology. That is that I
am doing a report from secondary source in perspective of the boys on the
island. That is with the assumption that the book is a true story that
happened to this group of kids.

Stereotyping played a big part in the book.

From the first setting, well the first page, there was stereotyping going
on. This played a big part in the book as it does in our everyday lives.

The story line of the book is that there is a plane full of young boys
flying over an ocean. When the plane goes down hitting an island and some
of the boys make it, none of the adults do.

This leaves the boy on an island to survive
while they wait to be rescued. In the opening act of the book the stereotyping
begins. There is a kid (Ralph) who is walking on the island when he meets
up with another kid (Johnny better known as Piggy). Piggy makes an assumption
about Ralph before they hardly meet. Piggy puts trust in Ralph by telling
him a nickname that he had in school and hated. Piggy did all these things
before he knew Ralph based on a stereotype than he could trust Ralph. Piggy
also told Ralph what to do in order to be the leader of the group. In this
example you have to assume that Piggy was stereotyping Ralph. He did not
know anything about Ralph and yet he told him many personal things.

Another example of stereotyping was when

Ralph meets Jack. Jack was another member of the plane on the island. Jack
was at the first meeting and thought that they should have a leader. He
wanted to be elected, but the group voted and elected Ralph as the leader.

Immediately, Ralph put Jack in charge of a group of boys. He did this by
stereotyping that Jack was a natural leader. He also got to avoid the initial
conflict that might have occurred sooner if Jack had not had power over
something. This is another fine example of stereotyping. Stereotyping helps
us out in our everyday lives. It helps us make generalizations about people
this is not necessarily a good or bad deal. It is good in that it helps
us keep things sorted out in our minds. It also helps us to act in a proper
way around different kinds of people according to social norms. Stereotyping
can also create a negative affecting that; it can create wrong impressions
about people. This can do many things; it can lead to embarrassment by
acting differently around "different" kinds of people; it can lead to unfair
or bias opinions about a certain groups or types of people. Stereotyping
is a big part of everyone’s day-to-day life.

My second psychological reference leads
me to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. This comes up because the boys
are on an unfamiliar island and all they have is the clothes on their backs.

This means that on the island, there is nothing to fill any of their need.

For the most part none of the kids even knew each other. This leads me
to the first part of Maslow’s findings. Which is that of the human needs
stated by Maslow. You need to have physiological safety at the top. Every
one of the boys filled this need first. Ralph was looking around checking
things out when Piggy caught up to him. He was