How The Second World War Reflects In Lord Of The Flies

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The date is 1954, just a few years after the end of World War Two, the great war still fresh and painful in the eyes of those living; on bookshelves stands the published novel by William Golding titled Lord of the Flies. This novel was written to tell the tale of a group of young boys stranded on an island after their plane crashes sometime after their departure of their evacuation for precaution from London, England. The idea of actual evacuation was only talked about and experimented on even if a plan of action was made if the need ever really arose. Those would would be evacuated would be mothers, children, and the handicapped from vulnerable ares such as London, England, which was hit harshly during the Blitz of 1940 where Germany bombed the city every night continuously for an entire year. The boys of this novel was evacuated because of that blitz and just as any reader would assume, a leader would be necessary, and two will come to power unable to stand for or be under the ruling of each other with views so completely different. This sounds awfully familiar for being a novel published a few years after World War Two ended. These leaders, Ralph and Jack, along with fellow evacuees, Maurice, Rodger, Piggy, and even the little children, all correlate to great leaders and their followers during World War Two.
Ralph is the all-mighty protagonist of the novel and in the relation to World War Two, would best represent the powerful Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of England. England, after World War One, became stronger, fair, and a major leader more than ever. It adopted universal suffrage for all in the first time in history (Fraser), and that being, is very important in it's role. Ralph is much like Chamberlain and England at the time; he is strong and handsome, someone that the children flock to for guidance because he seems to know what he is doing, standing much taller and more appealing than his opponent, Jack. After having the children vote, Ralph is named leader, and the little ones fall easily under his reign with his promises and ideas of how they should live. Chamberlain often spoke of peacetime and honor (Neville), something everyone wanted when one war had ended and another was rearing it's ugly head, threatening to strike.
The antagonist of the novel, along with the major giveaway that Golding wrote this book with World War Two on the mind, is Jack and when he finally does start to step up to the bat, becoming a stronger opponent, Ralph does little to stop him. He gives the boy the throne and helps out only the children that come needing help. By the Munich Agreement of September 30, he and Premier Édouard Daladier of France granted almost all of Hitler's demands and left Czechoslovakia defenseless” (Neville). Neither Chamberlain nor Ralph wanted to fight; Chamberlain found any excuse not to fight and only started to re-arm when he had to, reluctantly (Fraser).
Jack would be named the antagonist of the novel, and...

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