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William Goldings Lord of the Flies

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William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an amazing novel that forces the reader to think about the primitive nature of a man. In this novel he presents us with a group of English boys who are isolated on a desert island and are left alone to try, to retain a civilized society. On a deeper level Golding tries to warn us of the lethal consequences that rise when human nature is stripped of the taboos of a civilized society. Gradually as the novel progresses, we are sickened and horrified after learning the consequences. In particular, an incident where Piggy is murdered, Golding presentation of this incident turns our judgments upside down. ...read more.


When boys are divided into two groups, only Ralph and Piggy remain behind to maintain the civilization and fire. Rest of the boys on the island joins Jack group since he offers fun and hunting of the pigs. When roger "with a sense of delirious abandonment" topples a huge rock on piggy, we realize that the civilization has completely eroded on the island. This is further emphasized after the conch is "shattered into thousands of pieces ....."Conch, a symbol which once signified democracy and civilization on the island has been "exploded into many fragments". Furthermore we are shocked to realize that Piggy's glasses which were once used to light the fire are also destroyed; "the shattering of his glasses" shows the end to all intelligence and logic on the island. ...read more.


This is how we realize that policemen, schools and laws are necessary to keep the darker side of human nature in line. Without these rules, our nature becomes sinister and we are attracted towards the root of our ancestors -the savagery whether it is consciously or subconsciously. Golding made it crystal clear that civilization is necessary to keep the darker side of human nature in line and that without the enforcement of civilization and it's rules such as schools, authority and police, we will revert back to a more primitive part of our nature. Golding successfully wanted to warn us as a guideline so that we can learn what to guard against and he did so through this particular event which compelled to revise our own judgments and assumptions about the human nature. ...read more.

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