Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding emphasizes the essential values of a democracy to the people on the island through Ralph’s democratic leadership style and goals and Jack’s controlling and manipulative. These two leaders of the tribes draw a parallel reflection on the two leaders of World War Two, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler. Lord of the Flies beings with a plane crash in the middle of the ocean; the boys are left alone on an island without any adults, fending for their lives. Ralph steps up after being elected leader, but Jack declares himself the leader of the hunting tribe and ends up recruiting most of the boys to transfer into his group using paranoia and abuse. Throughout the book, the boys lose their grip on humanity, civilization, and morality leading to deaths of some of the boys and the struggle to keep a democratic society to survive the island until rescue. Similarities can be seen between Ralph and Roosevelt as well as between Jack and Hitler throughout Lord of the Flies. Elected in 1933 as a democratic president, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a hopeful and promising presence for many Americans through the Great Depression. Over thirteen million people were unemployed. In the first inaugural address to be widely broadcast on the radio, Roosevelt boldly declared that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He first began by closing banks for several days as he started The New Deal. This gave economic relief to workers, farmers, and
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