Golding's primary purpose is to show that an idealistic view of man is unrealistic and incomplete; to see man whole, one must acknowledge his propensity for cruelty. Therefore, Golding creates a fictional island where all physical needs are met and battle for life's essentials is unnecessary. Then he portrays a group of schoolboys as they shed the vestiges of civilized culture. Without the veneer, the boys do not appear innocent primitives but bloodthirsty savages. Their condition affords a microcosmic view of the "civilized" adult world: they are dropped on the island out of a worldwide...
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