William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding, the author of Lord of The Flies, included adults for only a brief time throughout the novel, playing only a minor role at the end. The absence of adults exemplifies how children require the structure and guidance that only parents can provide, this can be seen how nations newly freed from the British Empire’s control would be better off under English colonial power to survive and maintain order before deteriorating into anarchy.
The adults of the novel can be seen as the mother nation, England, and the British schoolboys are England’s ‘children’, the colonies. The British people believe that without the help of England, the independent colonies will eventually fall into chaos and savagery and are in need to be rescued by England. We see this when the boys chose to hunt Ralph, but are saved by the “white-coat” British Naval Officer who shows them their wrongs and corrects their savage-ways.
In fact, Lord of the Flies published in 1954; only seven years after England lost its control over its “crown jewel”, also known as India. Although the idea of granting independence to a colony was not new, the possibility of losing India was outrageous, it is one of the wealthiest in terms of minerals, gems, and spices. In the same year of 1954, the British Kingdom lost its control over one of the greatest man-made waterway of the world--the Suez Canal (New World Encyclopedia: Decolonization). Due to its strategic geographic location, the Suez Canal connects the Western…
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