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‘Golding knows exactly what boys are like’ (from a Times review, 1954). Discuss Golding’s portrayal of boys in the light of this comment

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'Golding knows exactly what boys are like' (from a Times review, 1954). Discuss Golding's portrayal of boys in the light of this comment

What are boys like? This is a question often asked by various people. How do they behave both individually and in a group situation, particularly a dangerous and unfamiliar one like this? Are they different to adults. What would happen if, during a full-scale nuclear war, a group of boys, of contrasting characters, were given the chance of a new start - a new Eden? Would they behave any differently? Is conflict inevitable? 'The Lord Of the Flies' was set in a period where the tensions between the USSR (United Soviet States of Russia) and the USA (United States of America) were at their height and this book attempts to answer all of these questions, but are the answers presented accurate, and if so, how far?

The reader quickly becomes aware of the range of personalities on the island Ralph immediately is portrayed as a leading figure as he seems to command Piggy, "sucks to your ass-mar", although it could be seen as a sign of frustration or a put-down, and surveys the

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