Flaws of the Human Society

Topics: Civilization, Things Fall Apart, William Golding Pages: 2 (678 words) Published: January 24, 2011
Flaws of human society
Lord of the flies is a novel written by William Golding, which was later published in 1954. The novel the novel is about a group of boys that are stranded on a deserted island that for a society, with a very weak foundation, which later falls apart. By this Golding is trying to show the bigger picture of the society during his time and the war that is going on in the real world. Similarly in the poem The Second Coming the picture of chaos and anarchy is clearly painted by poet William Yeats. Both, The Lord of the Flies and The Second Coming demonstrate the flaws of human society and how humans tend to blame others for their mistakes and when they are lost they look for a saviour, a way to escape from their troubles, which will never help them. Idea of a horrific beast is present in both of the Medias, the poem and the novel. “A snake-thing. Ever so big. He saw it” (Golding 35) The children on the island were afraid of a certain beast that they kept complaining about that was causing chaos among them when it was not the beast that was scaring them but the weak and insecure foundation of the society they lived in. Likewise in the poem, Yeats talks about a certain beast present in the world that is causing global devastation. “A shape with lion body and the head of a man.” (14) People are at fault not the beast for the anarchy that is being caused around them, they only use the idea of the beast as a scapegoat because people are too scared to admit the reality. Disruption in civilization usually leads to conflicts that become civil riots and even full scale wars. “Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too.” (Golding 140) Jack leaves the civilised society of Ralph and Piggy with his fellow hunters, because he has different views about survival on that island, to become a bunch of savages. His group later on even attacks Ralph and piggy’s camp for fire and Piggy’s glasses so that they can make their own. Both groups are trying to...
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