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Lord of the flies

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Introduction

Lord of the Flies "Lord of the flies" is a novel that was written by William Golding and published in 1857 about a group of school boys stranded on a tropical island after the plain they are travelling in crashes. In this novel, William Golding used the traditional theme of boys deserted on an island similar to that used in other children's novels such as "Coral Island" by R.M Ballantyne. However, William Golding changed the basic plot completely by turning the boys gradually from refined British children, into total savages that were vile and bloodthirsty. William Golding was raised in Cornell, England and both of his parents were "rational thinkers". They attempted to raise William this way, but he had his own strong beliefs in "darkness over light". While serving as a lieutenant in the Navy during the Second World War, William encountered certain traumatic experiences that led him to believe that all living beings had "underlying evil" in them that surfaced under certain conditions. One thing that can certainly be noticed in the novel is the gradual change in the boy's behaviour. ...read more.

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However, even Ralph had his brief "moment of evil". This was shown when William mentioned that "Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering" Finally, Piggy and Simon were the two most knowledgeable boys on the island but were paid the least mind. Piggy was a natural intellect but was shunned by the other boys. On the other had, Simon was more of a spiritualist but was still not taken seriously when he mentioned that "Maybe, or maybe there is a beast. Or what I mean is maybe it's only in us". He was the only one who notices that the beast existed within the boys. The weather too played a significant role in the book. This is mainly because it became more intense and unbearable as the boy's characters changed. Initially, the tropical island was some sort of paradise. It was warm, there were plenty of tropical fruit and the sea was still and calm. ...read more.

Conclusion

This act was simply down to the fact that Jack felt the urge to hunt it down and kill it in order to appear brave and gain respect. The beast soon changed from being a small "snake-thing" to being a large animal with wings which in fact was actually a dead parachutist that had landed on the mountain. By the time Simon realised that there was no physical form of the beast, the boys had already worked themselves up and ended up killing Simon because they thought he was the beast. The whole idea of the beast showed that the "evil-beastie" was not living on the mountain, but, was actually living within each and every one of the boys. William Golding's views on "darkness" are carefully portrayed in the novel in a remarkable way. He managed to successfully use the weather, the conch, the state of the island and the beast to complement the changes in the boy's behaviour and show the turn from civilisation to savagery. In conclusion, it can be said that "Lord of the Flies" is a thought-provoking book that grabs the readers attention right from the start. ?? ?? ?? ?? P.S Lord of the Flies GCSE ENGLISH ...read more.

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