William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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Interviewer Let’s talk about William Golding and his most famous book, Lord of the Flies, in which a group of British schoolboys - aged from around 6-12 - become stranded on an island, and quickly begin their descent into chaos. Today, I am joined by literarian and William Golding expert, Lara Caglar. Expert Hi, Vanessa, it’s a pleasure to be here Interviewer Together, we will be discussing the question on everyone’s minds, what happened to Golding that led him to have such an incredibly negative view of human nature? Hello and welcome to another episode of tea talk. Interviewer William Golding was born on the 19th of September, 1911 in Cornwall, England. In 1935, he received a job teaching English and philosophy at an all boy’s…show more content…
What do you think of the quote from the Lord of the Flies “We 've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we 're not savages. We 're English, and the English are best at everything.” Expert The quote you 're referring to is a criticism of the war crimes of Britain and draws parallels using irony. Inevitably, the boys do fall into savagery. Similarly, Golding concluded that the vindication of being on the “right side” did not rationalise Britain 's war crimes. This lead him to renounce blind patriotism, and question whether or not the of good vs bad were human constructs that could be interchangeable to justify any action. In one scene, the supposed good guys in the novel (ralph and piggy) are swept away by a mob mentality and join the ritualistic hunting dance that ends up in a boy’s murder. Interviewer So this shows how Golding believed anyone could be good or bad right? But even with all this considered, don 't you still think it is unrealistic for young boys to descend into chaos so readily? Expert Golding once wrote that man produces evil like a bee produces honey. This implies are humans are innately bad in the same way that a bee instinctively will jump from flower to flower collecting pollen and turning it into honey. This is their natural state and unless told or taught otherwise, this is what they will do forever. Golding implies that the young boys descended into chaos so readily because “evil” is their natural state. (oh I see)

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