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Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Lord of the Flies is a very interesting novel about young boys who are stranded on an island. William Golding conducts the ultimate thought of experimenting human nature. When he places the group of boys on a deserted island, Golding wants to find the defects of human nature at the root. However, his experiment lacks control, because the boys have already been raised in the Western culture. Their temptations for war and destruction are because of the events that surrounded them in their early lives. When anarchy is put into the hands of a child, they create a flawed version of society. However, the reason for Golding’s argument falling short is because he leaves out half of the humans in the world. Since he excluded women, there is…show more content…
From the beginning of the novel, we are given that these group of boys were from a private boarding school, which meant that they were kept away from females from an early age. This plays a significant role in how the boys create their own society. The influence of women can change a substantial amount, but this was foreign to the boys. It is important to note that Jack Merridew, the choir leader of the boys, is dressed better than the others. Most of the boys called him by his last name, which is considered as a feature of the masculine society. This describes how the boys’ impression of the world was of complete masculinity. In a patriarchal society, there are very harsh guidelines that men and women have to fall under, otherwise they are ridiculed in society. The protagonist’s “friend,” Piggy, is an example of those oppressed by the social guidelines. He doesn’t “fit” in with the rest of the boys of the island. The way he is treated shows how wicked a patriarchal society is. Piggy is described as “his knees were plump…He was shorter than the fair boy and very fat. He came forward, searching out safe lodgments for his feet, and then looked up through thick spectacles” (7) Right from the beginning, the two boys are discriminated based on their physical appearance. To wear glasses and be fat are considered traits that are not manly. Before any introduction, we know that this boy is “the fat boy.” (8) One physical trait that is highlighted
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