Summary Of William Golding's 'Lord Of The Flies'

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Max Coleman 2 October 2014 Mrs. Carvelli Literature and Composition 2 FIRST DRAFT The Beast Inside Society’s limitations on behavior are mandatory to conceal mans innate sense of evil. Inside of each man exists an ugly side. A side thought by some to be nonexistent. In William Golding’s esteemed novel Lord of the Flies, he makes it clear that we cannot escape our own cruel inclinations, and that without social order we break down into a state of disarray. From the opening pages, we learn that numerous English children are stuck, stranded on a mysterious island. As there is no adult existence, the boys are free from society’s rules of behavior and conduct. They have the liberty of doing as they so choose, unchained from responsibility. The boys soon learn of their own inherent savage traits, and their predispositions to brutality. While the many children fear a creature in the woods, the only real danger we learn is that of each other. When the presence of an adult looms, a child is more likely to behave in an honest fashion. Yet when today’s youth is left unaccompanied, their inner malevolence tends to be exposed. We as a society tend to blame others for poor performance, when things do not go as planned, and even when we fear taking responsibility for our actions. We push each other’s liability onto others shoulders just to free ourselves of burden. But yet, what we didn’t realize all along is that shortening our worry only increases our later remorse. For that very
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