Essay about Lord of the Flies: Human Savagery

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Lord of the Flies Essay

Nicholas Wong

Ms. Ghai
March 8, 2012
Task: Does William Golding present a realistic portrayal of how savage humankind can be? Or does he underestimate the goodness in people? Does Golding’s use of WWII as the backdrop have a significant impact on our understanding of human nature? In William Golding’s novel, “The Lord of the Flies”, he displays human nature in an animalistic viewpoint that is not seen in “normal” people. He describes the unknown savagery of human beings, without missing the good nature found within us, which allows us to work as a well-organized group. World War Two is also used effectively as a backdrop, since it shows that the violence is found in everyone. The theme of
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Being used to that environment, it shows how they too are monsters despite being referred to as heroes later on at the end of the war.

However, despite all the savagery displayed, Golding shows the goodness in human beings, when the boys are caring for each other’s safety. Most of the boys’ humane personality is displayed during the beginning when they formed a small civilization, chose a leader, and also had rules to abide by. There was also a good relationship between Piggy and Ralph, who had helped each other in difficult and humiliating situations. An example of this is seen when Ralph defends Piggy, when he is laughed at because of his name. Piggy is also seen to be extremely loyal to Ralph. For example, Piggy suggests using the conch as a tool for speaking and a way to call the others for meetings. Piggy also displays his loyalty when he stays by Ralph’s side throughout the book, despite having everyone else abandon him and joining Jack and his hunters.

Lastly, the use of WWII as the backdrop for the novel is effective because it shows an accurate comparison of the events. In both cases, violence and killing occur very often. The events that take place in the war can be related to many points mentioned on how humankind is savage. The killing of the sow can easily be related to the accidental or intentional killing of civilians during WWII. In both cases, the killings of innocent people or children in front of others are examples of the inhumanity that
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