Lord of the Flies

Topics: John Locke, Liberty, Property Pages: 2 (576 words) Published: November 6, 2012
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. 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...
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