From what you know about Golding's philosophy of human nature, what do you predict might happen to a group of boys marooned on a deserted island with no adult supervision? Keep these predictions handy. As you read the novel, see if they materialize.

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This homework question is difficult to help with because it is asking you to state your own opinions on William Golding based on whatever your teacher has taught you about him in class. Also, having read Lord of the Flies, it is difficult to share opinions on what might happen in the book, given that I already know the events of the story and the ending. That being said, read on if you should like.

William Golding often dealt with themes of savagery and barbarism. Perhaps due to his service in World War II, he believed that men would revert and give into their savage tendencies if and when the opportunity arose.

Given this worldview of Golding’s, it would not be out of line to predict that he believes a group of boys left on an island unsupervised would revert to barbarism. When the trappings and, arguably, the illusion of society breaks down, humankind is free to act in any way it will. So the question becomes whether or not you believe the boys would be willing and able to set up their own stable society. Golding was not a man who believed in any inherent structure to the universe. While he did believe in God, he did not belong to any church.

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