Everyone is constantly moving back and forth in life, leaving nothing to certainty. The only thing that remains constant in our lives is change. It is a frightening concept to grasp, but it is out of our control, no matter how hard we try to refine it. We can either feel stuck and lose track of our lives or we can accept it and move forward to experience a second chance at life. Besides, change is inevitable. If we do not adapt to it, we get left behind. This lesson is apparent in William Golding’s novel, “Lord of the Flies”, where a group of English boys are left stranded on a deserted island, where they have to fend for themselves. The boys experience a change in surroundings, which is completely different from the lifestyle they are used to, forcing them to adapt, in order to survive. Golding’s novel reminds me of when I was 12 years old and had just immigrated to Canada. Although, I was excited to have a new beginning, a part of me was overwhelmed and already feeling a little homesick. Like the group of boys in “Lord of the Flies”, I had to adjust to the new environment around me, in hopes of fitting in with other people and starting a new chapter of my life. When it comes to change, a number of people feel intimidated because they are afraid of losing themselves and feeling out of control. None of them realize that embracing the new change in personality and perspective will lead them to becoming a more desirable person. When one goes through unexpected events in life, they begin to feel like they are losing control of their lives and are forced to move forward to the best of their abilities. This can lead to them changing certain aspects of their life, without even realizing it. To begin with, in William Golding’s novel, “Lord of the Flies”, Ralph acknowledges how dangerous all the other boys have become, yet he still gives them the benefit of the doubt. He feels they are innocent children, who use savagery as a survival mechanism, “They were savages it was true; but they were human, and the ambushing fears of the deep night were coming on” (Golding 206). The sudden change in personality from being innocent children to savages gives them a new sense of power and control, helping them endure the deteriorating conditions of the island. When I was in Grade Seven, I had to work on an essay about a life-changing experience and I had decided to write about my family and I immigrating from Pakistan to Canada. While brainstorming for that project, I thought about how I had changed and I was stunned. I realized how much the change of immigrating from one country to another had impacted me. I had slowly become a different person, without realizing it. According to my family, my personality had improved tremendously as I had become less grim, more determined, sharp, and earnest. In Pakistan, I was raised to take everything seriously and focus on certain priorities over others. All my time was spent studying, due to the grueling school system in Pakistan, and barely any time was left for my friends. Whereas, in Canada, I had maintained a balance between time for my schoolwork and my friends. Due to only focusing on school, my personality was quite lacking and bland. After coming to Canada, I had slowly began to gain a sense of sincerity, wit, and confidence. After going through all of my notes, it truly amazed me how one person could completely change over the course of only three months. When faced with an unexpected change in our lives, we all resort to our different coping mechanisms, in order to support ourselves effectively. When something unexpected happens to someone, certain aspects about them begin to change, whether they realize it or not. This is one’s way of accepting the new changes in their life and moving forward. These adjustments of ourselves can either be positive, negative, or a combination of both; that part is left to us. We have control over our response to these alterations and are left to decide if we would like to become the person we used to be before. Changes in our personality lead to us reinventing ourselves, in order to adjust to the new environment surrounding us. Everyone has their own reasons for reinventing themselves, whether it is a method of survival or a having a second chance at a new beginning, but the social environment we surround ourselves with affects us all. Additionally, change may come alone, but it has the ability to take away small parts of us. This leads us to lose parts of our innocence, in order to develop a more modern perspective and a new sense of power and maturity. Once you begin to think and acknowledge the different types of viewpoints you surround yourself with, you realize how important of a role perspective plays throughout one’s life. In the novel, “Lord of the Flies”, by William Golding, Ralph’s standpoint of the world around him begins to change as he realizes how much innocence the island had taken away from him. He cries, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 225). Overcome with emotion, Ralph weeps over his new mindset. He loses the idea of anyone being innocent at all as he finally understands how nefarious people can be when the restrictions of civilization are removed. Through the emotional and physical violence of politics, Ralph’s innocence is destroyed, leading him to view the world from a newer perspective.
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