Golding's Lord Of The Flies: Historical Analysis

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Have you ever thought that history can be used in both good and bad ways? History has impacted perspective and how people act on things for countless generations. History is used and abused which can be seen through the reflection on historical background in Lord of the Flies, through philosophical belief affecting how people treat history, as well as through how historical events cause new perspectives to form. Lord of the Flies is able to portray that history can influence people directly in both positive and negative ways. “We’re English, and the English are best at everything.” Golding expresses that there is often an underlying feeling of superiority within society that is used by history. This can lead to starting up ideas and thinking that if you want something, you will…show more content…
The opium wars greatly destructed China’s dignity from the loss of the action against the British selling opium. However, China was able to use this history to improve further actions and ensure outbreak of war for the same reasons wouldn’t happen again. China learned from their past mistakes and used this to prevent further damage in the future. The burning of the books by order of Shi Huang Di in 213 BCE shows the abuse of history. Because the Qin rulers felt that that the historical records were threatening, this caused them to thereby cause useful books and contrary scholars to be destroyed or executed. Shi Huang Di abused history by not allowing history to be seen by society but rather hiding it from them. The Mandate of Heaven (Sgourdos powerpoint) was something that determined if an emperor was good or bad at the ruling. This piece of history was used and abused because the fate of an emperor’s ruling was determined by if there was a weather event. Just because an emperor was good, they could have been overthrown because of the mandate. Historical events have impacted how people choose to use and abuse

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