Essay on Lord Of The Flies And Nazi Germany

1337 Words Dec 18th, 2015 6 Pages
A View to a Death: Savagery in Lord of the Flies and Nazi Germany During the time of Golding’s Lord of the Flies’ publication, nations were uncertain, unsure of their future following World War Two. The introduction of nuclear weapons and the emergence of a platform upon which communism prospered influenced Golding’s perception of conflict in the world. He utilized his wartime experiences in the British Navy to elevate the novel from a survival story into an allegorical masterpiece. Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, all central characters in the novel, each represent themes and symbols beyond themselves; the island they inhabit is a microcosm for the entire world. Each boy represents traits commonly found among the human race including leadership, savagery, and intelligence respectively. Golding used the characters as pawns in a scenario in which individuals, such as Ralph, challenges the majority, represented by the Savages, and to denote the influence that organized systems, such as political entities, have on a group. Golding believed that, “the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable”(Golding + page number). This belief is drawn from and parallels the emergence of the Nazi party in Germany prior to World War Two. It acknowledges the leadership of Hitler and the Nazi party as the force which led to the descent of millions of Germans into mindless savagery. In William…

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