Golding, who fought in the Royal Navy during World War II, was acutely aware of the horrors of which humankind was capable when he wrote this novel, first published in -- a time when the English still considered their country the locus of all that was stable, good and civilized in the world, and also a time when the world was hyper-aware of the threat of nuclear war. He did not believe that the Germans had a particular propensity for savagery, but rather that this propensity existed in every human breast.
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.is and in to a was not you i of it the be he his but for are this that by on at they with which she or from had we will have an what been one if would who has her.
Golding, in Lord of the Flies, is concerned about this evil and how it relates to mans soul and its salvation. Throughout the book, the author depicts the contrast between good and evil, kindness and cruelty, civilization and savagery, guilt and indifference, responsibility and anarchy.
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Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding INTRODUCTIONPRINCIPAL WORKSCRITICISMFURTHER READING(Full name William Gerald Golding) English novelist, poet, travel writer, playwright, essayist, and leslutinsduphoenix.com following entry presents commentary on Golding's novel Lord of the Flies () through For further information on his life and career, see CLR, Volume By the middle of the first chapter of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Ralph, Jack, and Simon venture out to explore their surroundings in order to see if they truly are stranded on an island.