Lord Of The Flies Critical Analysis

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Wartime frequently brings out the worst in people, with its capacity for damaging mental and physical health, quality of life, and families. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the subject of war is ironically shown through the experiences of children. When children are unexpectedly exposed to war, they are emotionally damaged later in life and become accustomed to acts of violence. The children's exposure to war omits their violent behavior. William Golding also has full power over how the characters in his book are perceived and behave, and his experience in the military in WWII is the reason for the plot and character behavior. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, both the author;s and the children’s exposure to World War II works to fuel the violent actions on the island.
William Golding has extensive experience as a general in World War II, and his perception of the war influences his novel Lord of the Flies. In Golding’s words, “When I was young before the war, before the War, I did have some airy-fairy views about man… but I went through the war and that changed me” (Golding 11). Golding explains that his views about the behavior of men changed when he went through World War II. The author’s previous experiences in World War II correlate to his book through the actions of the children and plot that is taken place during this time period. In “Violence in William Golding's Lord of the Flies”, Dedria Bryfonski states,“Golding found his voice and theme in the
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