Essay about The Lord of the Flies as Social Commentary
The Lord of the Flies is an ultimately pessimistic novel. In the midst of the cold war and communism scares, this disquieting aura acts as a backdrop to the island. The Lord of the Flies addresses questions like how do dictators come to power, do democracies always work, and what is the natural state and fate of humanity and society, getting at the heart of human nature in a very male-dominated, conflict-driven way. The war, the plane shot down, and the boys' concern that the "Reds" will find them before the British, shows Golding's intention of treating the boys' isolated existence as a microcosm of the adult military world.
I am plunged into Golding's imagined island world from …show more content…
This relationship between Piggy and Ralph contrasts with the introduction of Jack Merridew. Compared to Ralph's still attractiveness, Jack is ugly, has flaming red hair, and a black cloak that swirls behind him. Ralph seems to recognize him as both a comrade and a competitor. Despite all the darkness in his introduction, Jack cannot kill the first pig. Society still controls him at this point, allowing him to become friends with Ralph. Still, he inspires a premonition that next time there will be no mercy.
We can see this contrast between Ralph and Jack develop. Jack is the hunter and cannot focus on anything else, least of all the rescue