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After World War 2 ended, many people feared that third World war would break out between the USA and the USSR. Nuclear weapons had been developed, which many feared would be used and many would make the northern hemisphere uninhabitable.

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Shamjeth Edwin After World War 2 ended, many people feared that third World war would break out between the USA and the USSR. Nuclear weapons had been developed, which many feared would be used and many would make the northern hemisphere uninhabitable. The novel begins with a plane load of British children crashing on a pacific Island after their evacuation flight is attacked. The evacuees are all boys. Golding taught in a boy's school. If he did not he would not have known the insight of the children's minds. Lord of the flies is a simple tale. Golding regards it as a modern fable, which often uses animals as characters, with a message or moral. In his first novel, William Golding used a group of boys stranded on a tropical island to illustrate the hateful nature of mankind. Lord of the Flies dealt with changes that the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to the freedom from society. Three main characters showed different effects on certain individuals under those circumstances. Jack began as the arrogant and self-righteous leader of a choir. The freedom of the island allowed him to further develop the darker side of his personality as the Chief of a savage tribe. ...read more.

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Jack sees this whole experience as a game and as an urge to hunt. This is the side, which is savagery. The other side is Ralph, which is mostly based on rules and civilisation. Ralph represents the forces of good. Ralph is described in the book as representative leader. He is portrayed as a handsome and honorable young boy, but without any great intelligence. Golding describes him as mild featured. 'There was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil' He has no hidden depth or unhealthy character qualities. Ralph uses the conch to assemble the boys in one place. His relationship with Piggy is strange because he acknowledged the fat boys nick name to raise a laugh but he also develops both respect and affection for him and his qualities. Piggy was an educated boy rejected by the kids of his age group because he was over weighted. It was his academic background and his isolation from the savage boys that had allowed him to remain mostly unchanged from the island. His unattractiveness separated him from the other boys on the island. He was not welcomed on their first trip of the island. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ralph had grown so used to the reliability of a civilized world, that the changes they underwent were difficult for him to understand. He became confused and less capable of thinking clearly and independently. Although he too had experienced the urge for violence that had driven Jack and the hunters to the peaks of madness, his more sensitive personality and his sense of responsibility saved him from complete savagery. These two characters also helped to keep Piggy from becoming primitive in behaviour. He was made an outcast by his weight and his intelligence. This isolation and wisdom also helped Piggy to retain his civilized behaviour. As well, he was made painfully more aware of the great amount of unfairness in the world. From these three characters, it could be seen that under the same circumstances, different individuals can develop in different ways depending on the factors within themselves and how they relate with each other. Their personalities and what they knew can determine how they would understand and adapt to a new environment such as the tropical island. Not everyone has so much evil hidden inside themselves as to become complete savages when released from the boundaries of their society. Some people will, because of the ways they were conditioned and abide by the rules they had depended on for social organisation and security. A.M.D.G. Lord Of The Flies ...read more.

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