William Golding's View of Humanity

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William Golding's View of Humanity

Taking a post at the Maidstone Grammar School for boys and joining the Royal Navy, gave Golding his understanding of boys and cynical view of the war. William Golding says, "the theme (of the book) is an attempt to trace back the defects of society to the defects of human nature..." Golding's view of humanity is clearly displayed throughout Lord of the Flies. Through the constant symbolism we are made aware of Golding's pessimism towards society. As the book progresses he forms an allegory between the island and the real world.

When the boys first arrive on the island they are full of enthusiasm and are eager to begin a new, civilised society. We witness
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He demonstrates the careless and destructive nature of humanity through the boy's irresponsible actions. Using this event Golding proclaims his disapproval with humanity.

Savagery and primitive behaviour become very popular with Jack. At one point he is described as "dog-like…on all fours", which illustrates how far he has strayed from being a civilised individual. As Jack's obsession with hunting develops he goes to new extremes and covers his face in "dazzle paint". The fact that Jack has gone from being an orderly choirboy to an animal-like savage, displays humans inability to create and abide by an organised regime. Golding elucidates his pessimistic view of humanity through the hopeless position Jack and the others find themselves in.

Ralph's authority over the boys also becomes limited. The fact that Ralph and Jack's order of priorities are so different, Ralph's being the "fire" and Jack's being "hunting", at once results in a division within the group. This division eventually results in Jack's dictatorship over a majority of the boys. Jack's style of leadership is based on domination and fear. What he can't control he seeks to destroy, which contributes to downfall of the island. This demonstrates how Golding observes the world as in discord. He sees humanity as incapable of
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