Essay on Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

1007 Words Aug 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Mankind is filled with malice, and the evil is simply inescapable.The Lord of the Flies is a novel by William Golding about a group of British boys, who are stranded on island after their transport plane is shot down. The boys attempt to establish order and authority in their group, by mimicking the aspects of modern society. However, as time passed, the boys are haunted by the idea of a “beast” inhabiting the island and overcome with fear, the boys begin to revert to savagery. As their makeshift civilization began to fall apart, the darker side of human nature, controlled by savage impulses, was revealed. The novel reflects Golding’s childhood and time as naval officer, experiences that ultimately shaped his view on humanity. Through his novel, he derives inspiration from his life events and conveys the theme that evil is inherently within every human.
One of the main ideas Golding expressed was the idea that within every person is the capacity for evil. Growing up, Golding was a victim of violence, and “after dark, his mother became a murderous maniac, hurling knives, shards of shattered mirror or metal pots of scalding tea at little William” (Conrad, William Golding: The Man Who Wrote the Lord of the Flies). Even his mother, the expected embodiment of unconditional love, had a darker side to her. This idea of human nature is illustrated through the fictional island that the boys are stranded on. Similar to human nature, the island had two sides to it. At first, the boys…

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