A Malevolent Society in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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A Malevolent Society in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Humans, by nature, are genuinely good people who show compassion and concern for others, right? Well true, if we all lived in a utopian land. Unfortunately, humans are, in fact, evil and easily corrupted by others. In William Golding’s 1954 published Lord of the Flies, the boy’s on the island learn that a peaceful civilization is easily destroyed without cooperation or agreement. The frustration manifested itself, making a transformation of the boys into meat hungry, hunters, who even try to hunt the other boys who don’t follow the pack. Golding analyzes the flaws of human society, directly related to human nature.

Lord of the Flies is a novel written in the unknown future of 1954. Amidst a world of atomic warfare, a handful of boys find themselves deserted, and stranded on a coral, boat-shaped island. Ralph, the protagonist perceived it to be a paradise full of riches that could support a society. Taking a closer look, this “paradise” is crawling with bugs, fruit induced diarrhea, sharp thorns, and “skull like” coconuts. Also, horrendous storms destroy the serene landscapes, and uproot trees. In addition, certain places on the island signify different characters. The beach near the lagoon is where Piggy and Ralph first talk and find the conch, as well as hold their meetings. Not far away is the fruit orchard where the boys can eat, and inland from the lagoon is the jungle with pig trails and, which the "littluns" fear. The beast that haunts the children is a significant feature of the jungle. Yet, the beast is just a mental and physical manifestation of the boys’ own psyche. The jungle is also Simon's hiding place where he finds the pig's head that Jack mounted on a stake. The island has a mountain that Ralph, Simon, and Jack climb to ignite a rescue fire, which the boys must keep alive. Lastly, there is the castle on the island, where the first search for the beast is made, and soon becomes Jack's headquarters, after the group slits. The paradise island, an important feature in Golding’s story, represents a site of “hell on earth” and a struggle to survive for the boys as they let the fear of the beast grow inside of them.

Although the main protagonist and antagonist of the novel can be seen as “Ralph and Jack”, the other boys play a significant role in the novel, as well.
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