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Lord of the Flies - Critical Evaluation

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Introduction

LORD OF THE FLIES Critical Evaluation By Andrew Robinson The novel that I am going to talk about is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I am going to show how this book entertains but also makes you think about a human issue. This book talks about how humans still have barbaric tendencies. The setting of the book is on an island, this has been chosen as a setting for the novel because Golding can make a new world. A microcosm of society. Children are put on this island by the author, he uses the theme of war to put them there, this theme is apparent later on in the novel. There are no adults on the island and no one knows where the boys are. They are stuck on an island with only their wits to rule them. As we start to get introduced to the characters we come across Piggy and Ralph: Ralph is a boy that is a typical young kid, he wants to have fun, he is a well-built boy who is very strong. ...read more.

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When the hunters come back from the hunt they go away and have fun, leaving only two of them to do the work. This is a good way to show that a few work in life but the whole group uses what they have made. Their meetings (parliament) are just becoming talk, with none of them actually doing any of the things that they set out to do. In this chapter the beast starts to become apparent. All the boys think that the beast is an actual living thing. The boys start to fear it even more. The boys think that the island is not good. What Golding is stating by the boys saying that is that the island cant be bad, the boys are. In chapter four the boys that are meant to be keeping the fire going (the fire which represents their hope of being rescued) are not keeping the fire going, they instead are throwing stones at each other. There is one big man in the group, his name is Roger, he is throwing stones at the scavengers, but always making sure that he misses them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Roger, who earlier in the story was fearful of hurting another being, now he is willing to kill, kills piggy who is most needing of civilisation, he means to kill Piggy. It was harder to kill at the start of the story but now the boys are liberated enough to kill. This is a good way to do this, Piggy who was most of civilisation has been killed by the boys, who are back to their barbaric state. What this is saying is that the people in society who are most needing of society are normally hurt. In the end jack has become so aggressive that he wants power so much that he is willing to destroy the island to defeat the leader of the remaining civilisation. What happens is that jack destroys most of the island and the only thing that will help them now is civilisation. A naval boat rescues the boys; Ralph can now say again that he is the leader because civilisation has now been restored. The irony of the ending is that a warship, a ship that is meant to inflict damage, rescues the boys. What Golding is saying is that are we so civilised or are we just living in a form of sophisticated form of savagery. 1 ...read more.

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