Debate Over the Banning of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
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The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, and address it as an intriguing story of adventure with a philosophical insight to the behavior of human nature, as well as reason with why it is considered a demented perspective on humanity. After outlining the plot of the novel, this paper will address multiple past scenarios where the novel was deemed extremely inappropriate and was banned and/or challenged in multiple ways, and will in depth explain the reasoning behind any disapproval. Specific aspects of the novel that are to blame for the development of controversial feelings will be examined and explained, as the author will provide a personal opinion on these facets of the novel and their contribution to making Lord of the Flies a memorable and philosophical allegory. To conclude, the paper will provide the author’s personal perspective on censorship throughout literature.
Censorship of Lord of the Flies
Summary of William Golding’s Novel, Lord of the Flies
During a precarious time of war, William Golding’s alluring novel follows a group of British schoolboys flying across the pacific, fleeing from dangers that accompany the ongoing war. In an ironic, unexpected turn of events, the boy’s plane crashes on an uninhabited island, leaving no adult survivors. The small group of boys who have survived the crash are left to fend for themselves. The story gradually introduces each boy in great depth, all with an individual, unique set of attributes. Ralph, one of the older and more confident of the group, initiates the role of a leader early on. He discovers a conch shell that when he blows, summons all the other boys. Ralph is selected as chief, and sequentially, he b...
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...p against a book trying to make a political point. (Miner). It is unfair to put great schools through such hardships over something that could potentially be avoided. This just makes censorship all the more unreasonable.
Censorship of literature has been apparent in many novels throughout history, one of them being William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. This philosophical allegory was challenged for excessive violence, inappropriate language, and themes that reflect human kind in a bad light. Although the book has been disapproved of, it is an extremely impactful work providing a unique perspective of human nature. It illustrates what human kind is capable of, and conveys that children are not immune to evil. Censorship of literature in general should not be supported. It denies learning opportunities and the endless flow of knowledge between minds.