Monday, May 2, 2016
Mob Mentality: Its Ups and Downs
What is mob mentality? Does it only cause harm? Or can it be an exciting experience? Mob mentality describes the adoption of certain behaviors, actions, and trends of someones peers. Many people have the idea of mob mentality in their head as being a harmful thing. Even though a lot of examples are nauseating and horrifying, there are times where a mob or crowd can bring a moment of chills; not because of the cold, but because thousands of people can come together and make something spectacular to the eye. However, the amount of negative examples of mob mentality is frightening. In relation to the novel, "The Lord of the Flies" written by William Golding, a group of all boys can become savages and do things they would never do if in society. For example, when on a hunt, a group of boys called the "hunters" lost a pig they were following. As Ralph, one of the boys, was mocking how he threw his spear, he pretended one of the other boys, Robert, was the pig. The situation escalated quickly when the hunting party created a circle around Robert and started to beat him. Kids, who in the beginning, were thought to be gentle and harmless, showed a side no one thought was possible for a little english boy. All these actions carried out because of mob mentality.