William Golding's Influence On Lord Of The Flies

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The author of Lord of the Flies experienced different things in his life which created his ideas for the novel. In reading several articles about Golding, a reader might find that he is not a happy-go-lucky individual; instead, he is described as one who looks at the glass half empty. William Golding was a secondary teacher and a brave member of the Royal Navy in England who became an accomplished writer. Golding had a different, bleak view on human behavior and society which became his influence for the setting of this disturbing novel.
William Golding was born in England to normal, educated and supportive parents. His mother, Mildred, was a dedicated advocate for women’s rights. His father, Alec, taught science at Marlborough Grammar School, which William attended(“William Golding…”). During his younger years, he admired his parents for their efforts in politics and agreed with their socialist beliefs, leading him to become an inveterate socialist (Koopmans 11-12).
Golding began school at the age of six, where he attended Marlborough Grammar School. His early school years were troubled with violence as he adjusted to the new setting. Koopmans
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His contact with teaching the disobedient schoolchildren would later be part of his incentive for writing Lord of the Flies (“William Golding…”). In 1940, Golding left his position as a teacher to join the Royal Navy and fight in World War II. After signing up as a seaman, he took the officer’s exam. He did well enough to become an officer and be sent to a research center to work. However, after an accident involving explosives, he was injured and sent to a hospital. Upon release, he requested to be reappointed on the sea. He was given control of a ship, which he used to sink other ships. This affected his outlook on society by instilling a notion of inborn evil within people into him (Koopmans

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