Savagery In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding perpetuates the ideology of mankind being inherently evil. He successfully displays the boys descent into savagery and incorporates a balanced amount of external and internal dangers within the boys. The savagery on the island, also referred to as the “beastie”, only represents the boys internal battle with the savagery that resides in all of mankind. Golding ultimately uses prepubescent boys between the ages of 6-12 to display the corrupt intentions of all humans. Lord of the Flies displays loss of innocence by including murder, arson, and through constant rivalry and differences in mentalities between both Jack and Ralph.
In Chapter One,The Sound of the shell,two of the most influential characters in the novel are introduced, Ralph and Piggy. Ralph is referred to as the “boy with the fair hair” whereas piggy is often referred to as “fatty” or “slug” due to certain physical attributes. As the chapter progresses Ralph is the preferred, and later the elected leader of the stranded boys. This novel was written during the time period of World War II and Golding incorporates the slight influences of the war back home throughout the chapter, and entire novel. We see the first traces of this when Piggy and Ralph first make introductions and Ralph eagerly reacts to Piggy’s nickname. The text reads, “Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and then returned as a fighter-plane, with wings swept back, and machine-gunned Piggy.
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