Mental Illnesses In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Chapters five to eight of Lord of the Flies carries the main focus of character development. The beastie becomes more apparent throughout this section. Simon attempts to describe the beastie as “mankind’s essential illness” (Golding 96). However, he is unable to portray his thoughts effectively due to his introverted tendencies limiting his ability to speak to a crowd and the low maturity level of his audience. I found this connects to the growing recognition of mental illness of the time this novel was written. Due to the war, post traumatic stress disorder became more widely recognized, giving way to research into other illnesses such as the anxiety Simon feels. Golding himself may have also experienced theses illnesses as a result of his
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