Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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After detecting smoke coming from the island a British naval officer goes to investigate: “I should have thought that a pack of british boys- you’re all british aren’t you- would have been able to put up a better show than that,” (Golding 202). Britain was one of the most advanced societies of the early to mid 1900’s, and complete mayhem emerging out of a group of British boys stranded on an island is more than shocking for the naval officer. It is ironic that the same boys who boldly stated, “We 've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we 're not savages. We 're English, and the English are best at everything,” (Golding 40), quickly regressed into the primal habits of mob mentality. Lord of the Flies was written shortly after World War II. A strong connection can be made between the leadership of the antagonist, Jack, and World War II icon: Hitler. The two leaders both display devoted followers, and a corrupt sense of leadership and control. Golding insists that fear and mob mentality provoke irrational thinking by placing Jack and his followers’ unintelligible response to fear in contrast with Ralph and Piggy’s diplomatic approach. Furthermore, Jack and his followers overcome their fear by providing comfort for each other with a tribal attitude, which ultimately leads to mindless calamity on the island. Golding intentionally creates conflict between Jack’s gang-like solutions, and Ralph’s equitable solutions, which splits the island into two political parties and
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