Total Savagery In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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What drives the most purest forms of innocence, children, to total savagery? Survival? Lust for power? No, a pig, of course. In William Golding’s book, “Lord of the Flies” he masterfully depicts the slow transformation of a group of children who go from schoolboys to savages when stranded on a desert island. With no parental guidance and no grownups, let’s face it. We all know this was bound to end badly. Through stunning imagery, William Golding crafts the world of Lord of Flies. From the thick jungle of the island, to the clear lagoons and beach platform to the mountains and Castle Rock. He pulls the reader in, making them feel as if this island is their paradise too. As if they also are apart of this small colony of boys. I’ve always wondered how do authors write from a child’s perspective when their childhood was so long ago. William Golding uses details such as their speech patterns, to how they express excitement, to how they view their surroundings, and even their loss of train of thought to remind the reader that these are in fact children. In several cases Ralph the leader or “Chief” of the stranded boys has to make a few speeches at assemblies. Often times he can’t think of the proper words to say to get his point across. Other times he loses his train of thought altogether and has to be reminded of where he was going with it. William Golding did this to prompt the readers to understand Ralph is a child coping with the responsibility of being leader, having to

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