Human Nature in "Lord of the Flies" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Human Nature in "Lord of the Flies"
A literary review of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies".
# 36314 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Literature (English)

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This paper discusses William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies" as a disturbing story of what happens to people when there are no barriers to suppress human nature. The paper explains that the basic theme of the book is that society holds everyone together, and without these boundaries, our ideals, values, and the basics of right and wrong are lost and anarchy and savagery come to light. This writer relates that he enjoyed how the story showed that even the youngest and most innocent of humans strive for power over everything and will stop at nothing until he achieves that power.

From the Paper:

"William Golding uses the ever-conflicting debate of Free Will as a constant theme of his book. Does man determine his fate or does a higher being make fate predestined? The question has haunted man for centuries and they are no closer to the answer than they were years ago. In his novel "Lord of the Flies" Golding uses a variety of symbolic and mythological imagery to present his ideas. As Golding considers the discovery of the self as the basic context of the novel he develops it towards moments of intense psychological experience, in which an isolated character sees in his surroundings a representation of the destructive powers present in himself.
"Both Simon and Ralph in Lord of the Flies come to such realizations as they look at the skull of the sow. Golding tries to give these moments of self-discovery the force that the revelation scenes have in Greek tragedy."

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