How are ideas about rules and society important in The Lord of the Flies? "We’re not savages. We’re English and English are the best at everything.”

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One of Golding's major points in writing the novel was to demonstrate that the view of man as an idealistic creature was a faulty one. He was particularly interested in demonstrating that no amount of "civilization" could change the underlying human tendency or capability of violence and murder and destruction. Removing the boys from their world was an important step in demonstrating how...

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