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William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding's Lord of the Flies "In 'Lord of the flies' Golding is clearly seeking to explore
fundamental human nature and this is apparent from the way in which he
portrays the slackening hold of civilisation on the boys can the
consequent atavistic regression. By reversing mankind's evolution, he
strips the boys to their essential nature."

Referring to three episodes in the novel, analyse the boys regression
into savagery and explore what Golding reveals about mankind's
essential nature.

'Lord of the Flies' was written by a man called William Golding and
was first published in 1954 and shocked the nation, as the thought of
the boys killing each other shocked the nation. The basic storyline is
about boys ranging from four to twelve, their plane crashes and they
are stranded on an island where they slowly descend to savagery. The
story mainly focuses on the elder boys, the main characters are Ralph,
Piggy and Jack. The boys live in a world that is in a nuclear war.
Golding was affected by the nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima
and this book showed that everyone had this evil and he stressed this
point by making the character's children. Golding believed that
without the hold of civilisation that all humans would descend into
this primal state to survive, but that this evil would also arise.
Golding thinks of the island as a sort of Microcosm of the world as if
trying to warn us what would happen if civilisation were to go

The first episode that I have chosen is one where the character Jack
goes hunting for pigs. We can tell that some time has past because his
hair has grown although we're not sure how much time. Jack also does
not care for his appearance, choosing to wear no shirt and the only
thing keeping up his trousers his the rope that holds his knife. When
we first saw Jack he was worried about his appearance and even though
it was very hot he made his choir walk in line and he also wore his
cape and hat, now he bothers with neither. The fact that he has a
knife means that he either made, which is unlikely, it or he smuggled
it aboard the plane so this means that this hunter was always inside
him but that civilisation and adults meant that it didn't show. He
seems determined to kill this time, unlike when he failed to kill the
pig when they first explored the island. The point is only
strengthened when he Golding says that Jack has bothered to make a
spear.

When Jack is hunting he does not hunt like you would expect, his
hunting is instinctive and Golding stresses that he acts like an
animal, "dog like on all fours" and "ape-like". Golding also stresses
that the way Jack hunts is instinctive "Jack himself shrank at this
cry with a hiss of indrawn breath". He uses his all his senses,...

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