Analysis Of ' Lord Of The Flies ' Essay examples

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I 've just finished rereading this book for my book club but, to be honest, I 've liked it ever since my class were made to read it in high school. Overall, Lord of the Flies doesn 't seem to be very popular, but I 've always liked the almost Hobbesian look at the state of nature and how humanity behaves when left alone without societal rules and structures. Make the characters all angel-faced kids with sadistic sides to their personality and what do you have? Just your average high school drama, but set on a desert island. With a bit more bloody murder. But not that much more.

In 1954, when this book was published, Britain was in the process of being forced to face some harsh realities that it had blissfully chosen to ignore beforehand - that it is not, in fact, the center of the universe, and the British Empire was not a thing of national pride, but an embarrassing infringement on the freedom and rights of other human beings. Much of British colonialism had been justified as a self-righteous mission to educate and modernize foreign "savages". So when put into its historical context, alongside the decolonization movements, this book could be said to be an interesting deconstruction of white, Western supremacy.

This is not a tale of "savages" who were raised in poor, rural villages... but a story about upper middle class, privately-educated, silver-spoon boys.

I can understand why some people interpret this book as racist. The racial aspect is a big factor, Golding…

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