Golding's Reality fact or Fiction. Speaks of "Lord of the flies"

Essay by Charles WhitakerHigh School, 11th grade January 1997

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A recurring theme in William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies , is that man

savage at heart, always ultimately reverting back to evil and a primitive nature. Golding

believes that man has no control over his own destiny because of fear. Golding uses

properties of setting, characters, and their behavior and the events of the book, Lord of

the Flies, to build and support his vision of reality.

William Golding was born in Great Britain in 1911 and throughout his whole life

he has witnessed the true evil in man. As an adult he lived through and was in World War

II. He saw many dictators come and go and he witnessed entire nations crumble, and

weapons that could destroy entire cities. Golding grew up in the time of the Holocaust

and saw many evil dictators rise and fall. This is why Golding's vision of reality is that all

man is savage at heart.

He lived in a time when the whole world was divided and a little

spark was all that was needed to set off world destruction. It was at this time that Golding

wrote Lord of the Flies, the title itself means true evil and destruction. Translated into

Hebrew it is Beelzebub and it means devil.

Lord of the Flies is a story of a group of boys from different backgrounds that

become stranded on an isolated and uncharted island when their plane crashes. As the

boys try to unite to try to become rescued they begin to separate and a tribe of savage

hunters is formed. After a while the boys lose all sense of civilized behavior. This is when

you realize that the boys have lost all manners and civility that had been instilled as they

where raised, thus showing the savage...