Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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 Is the "darkness of man's heart" in Lord of the Flies a central concern?   Examples of how and when darkness in man is exemplified in Lord of the Flies would help. Just a few ideas would be great. I'm struggling to write a plan for my essay

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The darkness of man's heart is central to the novel.

Golding himself has said that the writing of Lord of the Files was "an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature."

In a story of the descent into savagery of a group of young boys, we are provided with an argument regarding the fundamental nature of humans, which includes a great darkness.

The characters of the story begin as innocent beings. They are "just boys" whose response to being stranded is to frolic and play in their accidental freedom. The...

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