William Golding World Literature Analysis
Critics have called Golding an allegorist, a fabulist, and a mythmaker. Of the three terms, Golding preferred mythmaker, and when he was awarded the Nobel Prize the citation acknowledged the mythic quality of his work, his ability to illuminate the condition of humankind by means of a concrete story.
In framing the concrete stories, Golding often draws on literary precedents, both specific works and genres. For Lord of the Flies Golding turns to the genre of boys’ adventure stories and to R. M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island (1858), in particular. Where Ballantyne’s boys, stranded on a desert island, have a jolly time and live harmoniously, Golding’s boys become little savages. Golding turns the...
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