Lord Of The Flies : Representation Of Violence And War

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Lord Of The Flies: Representation Of Violence and War

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian, states that “ The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” In William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies, societal topics run rampant throughout the text with Golding’s use of individuals to represent different aspects of society. Many writers view the Lord Of The Flies as an allegory, as societal topics such as politics make appearances throughout the text. In the 1940’s Golding served in The Royal Navy of England during World War II for 6 years. These six years of experience in the war play a major role in his text. Having been a witness to the the hardships and cruelties associated with war, Golding utilizes these experiences in the novel to display the cruelty of men and their inner savagery. His use of young boys to promote this theme makes it all the more significant. In his novel, Lord of The Flies, Golding’s use of literary devices such as characterization and symbolism serve as allegories to the negative aspects of society, and display Golding’s pessimistic view towards war and violence in society. Golding characterizes Jack and Ralph as representations of the conflicting powers of today’s world. Jack embodies a tyrannical leader, acting ruthless, yet effectively. Jack’s representation greatly contrasts with Ralph’s who represents a democratic leader that sees the importance of a social order. These conflicting beliefs play
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