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Lord Of The Flies : The End Of Innocence And The "Darkness Of Mans Heart" Are A Consequence Of The Savage Instincts In All People.

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Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding about a boy and his savagery. In the near future England is threatened by an outbreak of nuclear war. A plane full of English boys crashes on a deserted island alone and isolated. Over several months they show their true nature and are no longer what they used to be. The island has taken its toll on the young boys. Because their guidelines and ties to civilization have been shattered by the plane crash, they have nowhere to turn but others around them and what is inside them. The end of innocence and the "darkness of mans heart" are a consequence of the savage instincts in all people.The main theme of the novel is the instincts to live by rules and to viciously obtain any desires you have, not unlike that of World War II. "Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, Perhaps six yard in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and police and the law" (62) This describe the beginnings of Roger's cruelty to the littleuns, an important early step in the group's decline into savagery. Roger wants to torment Henry, the littlun, by hitting him with stones, but the remainder of social behavior are still to strong to completely give in. He feels constrained by "parents and school and policemen and the law," that enforce laws and rules. During wartime, soldiers sent out to battle are told to do what normally is wrong. They are sent out with society's rules about how it is wrong to kill another human being but are now are in a situation that is to kill or be killed. "Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying them flowers, scattering the chosen stones." (59) Roger smashes the littleun's sand castles and scatters their stones and shells they have chosen to put into them. The littluns representing society and how Roger represents savagery, Roger breaks down the walls and brings chaos to the littleuns. People in WWII must become a savage to kill another, isolated from their home; they are almost stranded in the battlefield always having to resort to savagery to obtain what they want. The political leaders try to preserve peace and society by building army's and attacking and killing other people.Having no one to tell you what to do, guide you, or to correct your mistakes leads you to become a savage. Normally you are told never to kill or harm someone but in wars you are told to never harm but kill. "This is our island, It's a good island until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun" (30) the boys of the island take no responsibility because they have no one to tell them what to do. They feel free but this leads them to becoming too disorganized. Freedom to do what you want for short periods of time is very relaxing and fun, but after extended periods you become disorganized and chaotic. Much like...

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