Savagery In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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In William Golding’s Lord of The Flies, Golding introduces a story about boys who have crash landed in a plane on an unknown island before World War II. This story explains how children, who are civilized, turn into savages through isolation. Golding also wrote an article, “Why Boys Become Vicious,” which is about a cruel kidnapping. He explains what had happened to cause the kidnapping and his own thoughts about it. He also explains how there are certain “conditions” that cause people to become cruel and how everyone has a hidden evil inside them. Cruelty causes people to take pleasure in inflicting suffering upon another person. While savagery causes people to become ferocious and primitive to the point where they kill others. Through …show more content…
Golding wrote a short article called, “Why Boys Become Vicious”. In this article he elaborates about a kidnapping, a killing of a young boy, and about the mental state of a savage’s mind. Golding writes, “There are instances, conditions in which cruelty seems to flourish, which is different from saying that it has clear causes. What are these Conditions? Chaos is one; Fear is another,” He believes these conditions caused the cruelty of the kidnapping. It doesn’t just apply to this case in particular, it can apply to any case of savagery to Simon’s Death in Lord of The Flies. Simon was killed out of fear of the “beast”, since his appearance was monstrous and he came out of nowhere during the feast. When people are afraid they act hostile toward anything around them to protect themselves. In the story Golding address the phase that people go through to become savages. First is conflict, then cruelty to others and lastly savagery to others. In Golding’s Article he also states, “There is much energy in children; they are more powerful than any bomb” this alleges the power of the youth. Youth will grow up and become the next leaders to take over, this means they have an infinite amount of possibilities on what they can do. If the youth is raised poorly then they bring destruction and wars in the future. Children imitate older people, so if they …show more content…
He says, “Though there is also a capacity of for selflessness and love: otherwise, we are denying part of our human nature.” By stating this Golding makes a case that no matter how evil or cruel someone can be, there is still goodness somewhere inside of him or her. The character, Maurice, in the Lord of The Flies, exhibits this quality. Maurice was known for bullying the littluns, but when the littluns were sad and crying, he did a funny skit to make them cheer up and laugh. He seemed like a person who would just make the situation worse instead of better. Not all people have enough cruelty in them to turn into a savage. Golding believes that even people who have cruel personalities can have goodness inside appear in a dire situation. In the beginning of his article he states, “There is a simplicity about human goodness,” Everyone just has goodness in themselves. Someone might act tough and rude but they always have goodness in them because it is in

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