The Surroundings of Man

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
environment.
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
new environment that in the end affected them in a very negative
way. The conversation Ralph has with the naval officer in the
end expresses how a person from the outside can’t believe that
children could be killing each other just because they are alone
on an island; the officer says,” We saw your smoke. What have
you been doing? Having a war or something?” (201). The truth
was that their new environment, the island, was a big reason
that did really have a war with each other. Changing an
environment may have an effect on a person in many different
ways, good and bad.
People are who they are because of people that surround
them. For example, Piggy grew up with his aunt, who spoiled
him, and taught him about his asthma. Piggy proves he runs his
life according to his aunt by saying, ”My auntie told me not to
run...on account of my asthma”(9). Piggy’s new surroundings
changed him into what he was in the story. An example of this
would be when the other boys teased him. Because of their
harsh treatment he was quiet and less self-confident. The boys
were now his aunt and they now controlled how he acted and
felt. Lord of the Flies is a good example of how people in your
surroundings help make the person you are.
In conclusion, your future is not decided at birth. The good
and evil in mankind depends on the situations that happen, not
on that one person. The evil that happened in Lord of the Flies
occurred because of the situations on their environment, the
island, and the situations that happened to them individually. A
person is not just plain evil or just good, we are all