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The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a political satire on society.

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The Island The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a political satire on society. The butt of the satire is "civilization" at the time of the second world war. During this era, a civilized society goes to war and obliterates, maims, and kills. In this novel, Golding depicts destruction, killing, and fear as evil in the heart of man, and uses irony to elaborate on this theme. The novel begins with a plane crashing on an uninhabited island. We are not told the reason for this, but we can assume the crash was a result of events associated with World War II. The survivors of the crash are a group of boys who we know little about prior to the crash. The group of boys then attempt to create a functional society by using a system of rules and a chief. The story then revolves around the breakdown of the boys" society. ...read more.


Even though the mysteries are ignored, this does not mean that they do not exist or does it? : "Sometimes land loomed where there was no land". This shows us that however tangible some of the mirages may seem, they are not necessarily real. The island is not an obvious character or type of life but it demonstrates human qualities and characteristics through its description. The way Golding brings the island to life is mainly through personification and metaphors: " The great rock loitered. The wind roared. A thunderous plume leapt half way up the mount. Sending at last an arm of surf up." This language help us visualize the island as a character more powerful than any life on the island, but it has different capabilities and communicates as a force opposed to a physical presence. Near the beginning of "Lord of the Flies" we can see the island as a paradise: "The water was warmer than blood" and the temperature even though a little hot is generally comfortable. ...read more.


Piggy, however, seems to understand how serious his situation is and feels unsafe on the island we can see this from his attempts to start a conversation with Ralph and he makes suggestions to deal with the situation. "I suppose we"ll want to know all their names". At the end of "Lord of the Flies" the island is burning down and Ralph is being hunted down. The fact that the island is burning down could be suggesting the only thing we are going to achieve is the destruction of the planet if we keep on fighting and developing weapons of greater power. The boys near the end of the book describe the surrounding events as a "game". This could be telling us that wars and destruction in modern society are just considered a "game" but really they are destroying our lives and people are dying. So when the boys were taken off the island the question arises were they really "rescued", or just moved to the "real world" to aid the destruction of our planet. The irony of the final chapter can be viewed either way about if the boys were really "rescued". ...read more.

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