Book Review of William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'

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Lord of the Flies & Human Nature in the Middle East Introduction There are many pertinent and legitimate questions that can be raised involving human nature, William Golding's iconic novel Lord of the Flies, and the Middle Eastern society of today. This paper addresses those issues and concepts in light of what is happening in the Middle East today and also from the big picture of the Muslim community in the Middle East. Is it in fact fair to portray human nature (that is shown through Lord of the Flies) as reflecting human nature in Middle Eastern society? This paper approaches that subject in earnest. Understanding Lord of the Flies "The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable. The whole book is symbolic in nature…" (Golding quoted by Johnson, 2004). Kirstin Olsen writes that Lord of the Flies is "…shaped by Western ideas about civilization and savagery" and she asserts that the novel is also shaped by the British colonial period when the British Empire controlled many nations in the Middle East, including Egypt, Sudan, and Iran among other properties. The novel responds to the "…pervasive belief in the superiority of British culture and to the belief that to be British" was in some way the very opposite of being a savage (Olsen, 2000, p. 2). That
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