Connections To Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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World War Two is not a good time to look back at. Battles, guns, blood, death and sadness were all part of this war. Hitler, a notorious leader, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the president at the time have many connections to Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Golding uses his experiences in the war to sculpt this beautiful allegory of WWII. In the book, a group of boys that were about school age were stranded on an island after a tragic plane crash. Ralph, the oldest and best looking, was chosen as leader but then the group split up. Ralph was a very democratic leader and Jack, the second oldest, thought that Ralph was not getting anything done as leader so he made a new group that was more orderly. Jack had a lot of power in his group so …show more content…
Throughout the war, Hitler maintained his anti-Semitism by warding off any opposition and took advantage of his position of chancellor. Hitler’s hatred for Jews started way back when he lived in Austria where the Jews were very poor and were bringing the socialist economy down. In fact, “in 1941, Hitler ordered the ‘final solution’ to what he and his followers called the ‘Jewish problem’. The mass killing of European Jews”(“Hitler, Adolf’”). This quote shows how Hitler got rid of the Jews. Hitler’s hatred of Jews is clearly evident. He has “followers” meaning that there are people like him who support him, but most of these people were gained by propaganda and force. Hitler also guarded his position very well. Any resistance to him or any concentration camp was treated with no mercy. Sobibor, Treblinka, and Birkenau were some of the major camps where “Jewish members of the Sonderkommandos initiated uprisings. All were brutally suppressed”(“Resistance, Jewish”). The …show more content…
From the beginning of the book, the boys always viewed him positively and looked up to him. Piggy says, “ which is better— to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph isis”(Golding 180). Piggy viewed Ralph very positively. He was telling the other boys they should be more like Ralph because Ralph is “sensible” in Piggy 's eyes. Piggy looks up to him. This can be related to Roosevelt because he also had a very positive public view. The people in the USA thought he was a great war leader who guided them through the war very carefully. In addition to having a positive public view, Ralph had good leadership skills.In fact he was always prepared and knew what his goals were. Golding writes, “his speech was planned,point by point…[Ralph says] ‘We’ve got to make smoke up there or die’...’we waste time’(Golding 80-81). This quote shows that Ralph was actually concentrating on the group’s problems and targeting them so they can be resolved. Both Ralph and Roosevelt show positive leadership skills by targeting the problem areas. Also, Ralph was supported by Piggy throughout the whole book. They both needed each other. Piggy needed Ralph because he was easily bullied by the other boys. Ralph needed Piggy because of his vast intelligence and logic.

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