It demands also a close observation of the methods or ideologies humankind uses to combat evil and whether those methods are effective. Golding addresses these topics through the intricate allegory of his novel.
I've just finished rereading this book for my book club but, to be honest, I've liked it ever since my class were made to read it in high school. Overall, Lord of the Flies doesn't seem to be very popular, but I've always liked the almost Hobbesian look at the state of nature and how humanity behaves when left alone without societal rules and structures.
Make the characters all angel-faced kids with sadistic sides to their personality and what do you have? Just your Kids are evil.
Just your average high school drama, but set on a desert island.
With a bit more bloody murder. But not that much more. Inwhen this book was published, Britain was in the process of being forced to face some harsh realities that it had blissfully chosen to ignore beforehand - that it is not, in fact, the centre of the universe, and the British Empire was not a thing of national pride, but an embarrassing infringement on the freedom and rights of other human beings.
Much of British colonialism had been justified as a self-righteous mission to educate and modernise foreign "savages". So when put into its historical context, alongside the decolonisation movements, this book could be said to be an interesting deconstruction of white, Western supremacy.
This is not a tale of "savages" who were raised in poor, rural villages I can understand why some people interpret this book as racist. And Piggy even asks "Which is better - to be a pack of painted niggers like you are or to be sensible like Ralph is?
For me, I always saw it as Golding challenging the notion of savages being dark-skinned, uneducated people from rural areas.
With this book, he says screw that, I'll show you savages! I think that seemed especially clear from the ending when the officer says "I should have thought that a pack of British boys - you're all British, aren't you? Some readers say that you have to have quite a negative view of human nature already to appreciate this book, but I don't think that's true.
I'm not sure I necessarily agree with all the implications running around in the novel - namely, the failure of democracy and the pro-authority stance - but it serves as an interesting look at the dark side of human nature and how no one is beyond its reach.
Plus, anyone who had a bit of a rough time in high school will probably not find the events in this book a huge leap of the imagination.
The fascinating thing about Lord of the Flies is the way many historical parallels can be drawn from the messages it carries. You could choose to view the charismatic and manipulative Jack Merridew as a kind of Hitler or other dictator who takes advantage of a group of people at their weakest.
Dictators and radicals often find it easy to slip in when a society is in chaos Still a fascinating book after all these years.Learn important quotes from Lord of the Flies to enhance your knowledge of the text.
goes beyond that of a boy losing his mind. Simon represents everything that is good. The Lord of the Flies (the pig's head) represents all that is evil. The two cannot coexist.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin, This post is. Lord of the Flies loSociety: The Flaw of Everyone The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a more of an experiment than a novel, an experiment that will, by the end, show all of the flaws of an unjust or unfair society.
The Lord of the Flies: Man is Inherently Evil Many say human kind is inherently evil, that there is evil in all of us. William Golding strongly confirms this point in his novel The Lord of the Flies.
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