Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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When Civilization is Faced Against Savagery It is found that a majority of people believe human beings are naturally savages. Others protest that the human race has progressed since those times of hunting and savagery, that now humans contain the ability to interact and communicate to others through civilized, mutual understanding. What only makes a person savage is if they are a killer, or doing something else egregious in that category. So then, why does every society and country have an external enemy? Why has everyone in their life been cruel and self-centered one time or another, sometimes without even recognizing it. This idea, that humans are naturally savage and wicked, is demonstrated in William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies. Through the use of setting, plot and character, Golding insinuates that the instinct of savagery is more primal and fundamental to the human psyche than the instinct of civilization. The young boys from the Lord of the Flies were brought up in well, stable houses, and attended the top private schools. On the island however, their upbringing did not benefit them at all. Surprisingly, even with the well upbringing, the boys still managed to become savages. "Percival Wemys Madison, of the Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, lying in the long grass, was living through circumstances in which the incarnation of his address was powerless to help him." (Golding 94). Where the littlun Percival was from was absolutely useless in

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