William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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1954 novel, Lord of the Flies by Nobel Prize-winner William Golding is a dystopian allegory indicative of vast aspects of the human condition. Set in the midst of a nuclear war, the text details a group of marooned British school boys as they regress to a primitive state. Free from the rules and structures of civilisation and society, the boys split into factions - some attempting to maintain order and achieve common goals; others seeking anarchy and violence. The novel is based on Golding’s experience with the real-life brutality of World War II which had a profound effect on his perspective of humanity and the evils of which it is capable. This fictional novel examines the fundamental human struggle between civilization and savagery; good versus bad.

The importance of Simon as a character in Lord of the Flies is often overlooked. Mature, insightful and wise to the point of being prophetic, Simon stands on an entirely different spiritual plane from the other stranded boys. Simon embodies an intrinsic, human morality that contrasts the primal evil present in the other boys. As a reader I felt particularly drawn to Simons introspective, spiritual, objective, and moral nature in the face of a catastrophic descent from civilisation. I admired his innate good thoughts and actions amongst an outbreak of death and savagery: "found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands”.

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