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Theme In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding: Writing Assignment This Essay Is New, Meaning It May Contain Errors; However, I Believe The Level Of Writing Presented Is Decent.

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In his novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding presented many critical events, which were by-products of fear or total freedom / a lack of consequences. To illustrate his purpose in writing the novel, Golding had the boys slowly regress as a result of their isolation. Golding's emphasis appeared to revolve around the following statement: "Though humanity seems civilized, total freedom and a lack of consequences for ones' actions (or the progressive effects of fear) allow(s) human civilization to be quickly stripped away, revealing that people are, in their hearts, as savage as beasts," suggesting that the following events were products of fear: Ralph being placed in the position of leadership, the building of the shelters, the building of the rescue fire, and the of Simon.At the beginning of the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding introduced a group of stranded boys, and provided fractured background information pertaining to the boys' current situation:There was that pilot. But he wasn't in the passenger tube, he was up in the cabin in front...[h]e must have flown off after he dropped us. He couldn't land here. Not a plane with wheels...[w]hen we was coming down I looked through one of them windows. I saw the other part of the plane. There were flames coming out of it...[t]hat storm dragged [the passenger tube] out to sea. It wasn't half dangerous with all them tree trunks falling. There must have been some kids still in it...I expect there's a lot more of us scattered about. You haven't seen any others have you?...How does he know we're here?...They'd tell him at the airport...Not them. Didn't you hear what the pilot said? About the atom ? They're all ...an' this is an island. Nobody don't know we're here. Your dad don't know, nobody don't know (2, 3, 9).As for the boys themselves, "what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack. But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that...was set apart" (18-19). The author offered little information on the boys' backgrounds. This lack of information appeared to be intentional, as the boys' past had little effect in their averting a descent into savagery.To begin, Ralph being placed in a position of leadership was a product of fear, which contributed to the breaking down of civilization amongst (or within) the boys. "'I ought to be chief,' said Jack with simple arrogance, 'because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp'" (18). Ralph won the election, but "[n]one of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack" (18-19). The fact that Jack was "the most obvious leader," led to attempts on Jack's part to overthrow Ralph's authority by appealing to the boys' sense of freedom, which...

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