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What message is William Golding trying to convey in 'Lord of the flies' and how?

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azzyj | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:49 AM via web

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What message is William Golding trying to convey in 'Lord of the flies' and how?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM (Answer #1)

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In Lord of the Flies, William Golding is conveying the message that human beings must have rules, authority and government in order to maintain a safe environment.

Left to their own, with freedom from discipline, rules, and governmental regulations, Jack and his tribal warriors return to animal instincts. They lose respect for human life. Jack and his boys are so free from control until they have lost their sense of right and wrong. They get carried away in the frenzy of the hunting dance until they attack Simon and kill him with their bare hands and teeth.

Likewise, Roger, one of the most vicious of Jack's hunters is losing his respect for human life and throws rocks at Piggy, thus sending him down to his death into the rocks below in the sea.

Without rules, authority and government, the boys become disorderly, vicious, and evil. Golding proves that mankind needs some form of government with authority figures enforcing the rules. Golding proves the utter chaos that can happen in a society which is not governed.

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