Fantasy Island in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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No parents, no curfews, no rules and you can have as much food as you want. Every kid’s dream is to live without the rule of an adult. It would be, of course, paradise. Right? In the novel Lord Of The Flies by William Golding, a group of English schoolboys crash on a deserted island miles away from any type of civilization. What starts out as a “paradise” turns into a dystopia. The boys are isolated from any supervision and understand that they can do whatever their hearts desire. Their surroundings are what cause their descent into savagery and their loss of civilization. There are no parents, which cause the boys to turn on each other, and they’re completely surrounded by the silence of nature. The environment in which the boys live in affect them and the way they acted more than any internal factors. The first environment factor is that there’s no adult figures on the island. So who’s to stop one of the boys when they get into a fight or when they start to do something they know is wrong? The only adult like figure on the island is Piggy. And he’s not that affective when it comes to stopping something bad from happening. Piggy runs along the same age with the other boys. So why in the world would they listen to a boy that’s their age? “The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy. ‘No grown ups’” (Golding 8)! In brief, the boys understand they can do whatever due to the fact that there’s no adult to tell them otherwise. No adult to tell them what to and not to do. Without any adults around, the line between right and wrong becomes very thin. Due to the fact that there’s no ... ... middle of paper ... did play a big part in the boys savagery, yes. But only because they were put in a situation that allowed the internal factors to make its presence known. No adults, an island many miles away from civilization, and boys fighting one another. Not exactly what you call a “paradise” External factors are what caused the garden of eden that was the island, to turn into a world of chaos. External factors that the boys experienced (nature, other boys, no adults) is what led to their loss of civilization and their familiarity with savagery. All of the boys have evil that lie within them, this is true. But it’s all about the situation that they’re put in, in which it comes out. The boys are stranded on an island with no one else but the sand and jungle to keep them company. It’s no wonder they go mad and turn on each other. Works Cited Lord Of The Flies
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