Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How does this novel (Lord of the Flies) represent what goes on within our society?

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One reasonable approach to the novel is to regard it as a political work. Golding sugests that reasonable, benelovent, "fair" governments are ineffectual compared to the compelling dynamism of an auturocracy. In order to repel such dictatorships, democracies need to be willing to dispense with some of the liberties which their people so cherish. Jack's tyranny is fearful, but it's fun. It's exciting. It brings out the beast in the boys, just as a charasmatic dictator brings out the beast in society.

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Take a look at any situation where supervision is removed and see how people of any age act. In a school setting,...

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