"The Lord of the Flies (by Golding) is a picture of our society today." Discusses the statement and show how this statement applies.

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The Lord of the Flies is about a mini-society of boys formed by chance. Their

isolation from adults forced reality upon them and so they had to think for themselves

and work together. As a commentary of today's society it does well to explain some

of today's issues like violence, laws, pride, greed, fear, religious power and the

conflict between living in a civilised society or savagery.

It is all about the choice the boys made when life became real. In the

beginning their lives were controlled and protected by their parents, teachers and

police officers. Jack cannot kill the pig even though he can eat meat because of the

"enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh." (p 41). Roger cannot

hit the boys with the stones even though he could if he wanted to because he has been

conditioned by the society he used to live in.

This is the type of society the children

live in. Everything is a game until the beast. The beast signals the end of the games

and start of reality. Lives are at stake in perspective of the boys and survival must

occur in any form. Our society is much like this as today's society is also about

survival and what choices we make to survive.

The mini-society started off peaceful. The purpose was to set a signal fire and

live off fruit until help came. The conflict came when the fire and hunting could not

be committed to at the same time. As the fire was a 24 hour task and hunting needed

the whole party, the party started to take sides. Ralph's fire would be the sensible

thing to do to get rescued however hunting would lift the standard of living for all the

boys and would also...