Societal Breakdown On The Island

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Societal breakdown on the island in ‘Lord of the Flies’ is due to the inherent evil of man

3.8: Develop an informed understanding of literature and/or language using critical texts.

Hypothesis: Societal breakdown on the island is due to the inherent evil of man
Jason Carvalho

‘Lord of the Flies’ is the name of William Golding’s historically famous novel, yet it is more than just a title. It is a kind of statement, a way of mocking the very existences of humanity. Reading this book I came to a very profound and troubling conclusion that I struggle to accept: Societal breakdown on the island is due to the inherent evil of man. I believe that the lack of societal influence is the cause of the breakdown on the island, and not the inherent evil of man. Studying this further I found the novel rather pessimistic and opinionated, to which I undertook additional research. My analysis of a range of critical evaluations, turned up a profound number of contrasting views and opinion, of some which partly aligned with my hypothesis and others with my viewpoint. However what is clear is that with time the critics views changed, with more aligned, with my view point, that man is not inherently evil. During this analysis I will make reference to the author William Golding in addition the work of critics, Bernard F. Dick (1987), John F. Fitzgerald & John R. Kayser (1992) and Kathleen Woodward (1997), to deliver a compressive, in-depth analysis into the cause of societal breakdown on
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