Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mob Mentality in Lord of the Flies

Mob mentality is the behavioral difference between people when they are by themselves versus when they are in a group. In Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, mob mentality is used in negative ways. For example, when everyone beat up Roger, they were under the influence of mob mentality. Mob mentality can get the best of anyone, even Ralph who is the so called "leader" of the group. He is supposed to keep the peace and be a good influence on everyone, but even he took part in the action. That is how powerful it is. Normally, when something doesn't go a 12-year-old boy's way, their first thought isn't to beat up the other kid. All it took was the power of one voice in one group to sway the actions and decisions of everyone else. Scary, isn't it?

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