Lord Of The Flies Totalitarianism

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In World War II, the largest armed conflict in history took place between the totalitarianism and fear led Axis nation’s of Japan, Italy and Germany and the democraci led Allied nations. William Golding’s the Lord of the Flies was published in 1954, nine years after the end of World War Two. Golding must have had the recent war in mind when he penned Lord of the Flies . Many of the book’s events and characters correspond to events and people in World War Two. This is because one of the major themes in the book is the power struggle between democracy and totalitarianism, the is the element of savaregy present in the novel and the ending of the novel is the counterpart of the ending of WW2 .
William Golding uses the two main characters (Jack …show more content…

William Golding employes Jack’s character to make an obvious reference to totalitarianism throughout the novel. Totalitarianism is a system of government in which one person has absolute power and no limits to his authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini described the new fascist state of Italy as: “All within the state, none outside the state, none against the state.” ("totalitarianism"). At the beginning of the novel, Jack is only the leader of the hunters when a democracy is put in place after a vote giving Ralph leadership power. This strongly represented England just before the Second World War had started as it was a verydemocratic country and a big empire with strong forces. Germany was jealous of what England had and in "Lord of the Flies" the jealousy that Jack feels towards Ralph represents that exact situation.. As Jack becomes obsessed with becoming the leader and decides to take advantage of the Littluns fear of the beast to make them join his tribe while promising that he would let them hunt and would make changes …show more content…

In fact, before either Jack or Hitler’s enemy could be completely wiped out and, something came in to save the enemy. Hitler’s enemy was France and Britain, and in Jack’s case it was Ralph’s tribe. In World War II, it was the United States who stepped in to help the nearly defeated Allies after Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan, and in the case of Lord of the Flies it was the soldier on the beach who saw the forest fire and saved Ralph from getting killed. According to the History Channel, by June 1940 the Fall of France left Britain as the only democracy standing between Nazi Germany and North America. This means that without the help of the United States, Germany would have won the war. Moreover, at the end of the novel,

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