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William Goldings novel The Lord of The flies presents us with a group of English boys who are isolated on a desert island after their World War two plane crashed. They are left to try and retain a civilised society. In this novel Golding manages

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Lord of the Flies Essay The Savagery of mankind William Golding's novel "The Lord of The flies" presents us with a group of English boys who are isolated on a desert island after their World War two plane crashed. They are left to try and retain a civilised society. In this novel Golding manages to display the boy's slow descent into savagery through their thoughts and actions. Jack changes his attitude towards rules and becomes the islands savage leader in a dictatorship. Jack assembles his hunters but does not make the first kill this is because he cannot bare the pain and suffering of the innocent animal. The purpose of Golding's novel is to communicate the savage nature of mankind and that how rules can be so easily broken. At the opening of the novel, Ralph and Jack get on extremely well. We are told that Jack, "shared his burden," and also that there was an, "invisible light of friendship" between the two boys. Jack changes considerably throughout this novel. At first he says, "I agree with Ralph we've got to have rules and obey them" This shows us that at the beginning of the novel, just like Ralph, he wants to build a civilised society. ...read more.


The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness. We can see that the mask provokes Jacks irrational behaviour, which helps him channel power. Camouflages are used in warfare, which clearly links his new identity as a shameless killer to the adults fighting wars. Golding shows that there is good and evil in all of mankind and uses the fire as the centre point in the war between good and evil. The fire gives a sense of hope (the hope of rescue) or on the other hand it brings nothing but Death and Destruction. The Savagery of man can be shown not only by the older kids on the island but by the way the little' uns enjoyed their battle advantage over their kill The knowledge that they had out whited a living thing, imposed their will upon it and taken away it's life like a long satisfying drink. Golding has written this to show that further improve his point that everyone has a savage side even "innocent" unsuspicious little children that is hidden by society. The big'uns (Roger and Maurice) ...read more.


This shows that Jack no longer wants to be ruled but wants to do the ruling himself. This is an example of how animal like he is as animals are only different from us because they cannot speak and this shows how people can choose to ignore the fundamentals that make us human. Even Ralph and Piggy are shown to have a savage side They found themselves eager to take place in this demented but partly safe society. This demonstrates Golding's view that everyone has a savage side to them and it can be revealed by a bad influence. At Simon's murder the boys "Leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit and tore." This is clearly supposed shows us that the boys have become evil barbaric creatures and have become unaware of their actions. Golding did not tell us straight away that Simon was the beast this could be because he wanted the reader to try and see things from the boy's perspective. As Simon was trying to tell the boys that the beast was just a myth and did not exist, his death symbolises that mankind can't face the truth about what they so strongly believe is real. In conclusion I think I have shown how William Golding uses the boy's actions and words to communicate the savage nature of mankind. ...read more.

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