How Does Golding Present The Evil In Lord Of The Flies

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like without order and justice, with only one leader and one way of life, in a world so riddled with chaos that even the most innocent man could not escape it? Well William Golding (1911-1993) did and he sought to demonstrate his views through a book which he wrote and titled "Lord of the Flies" (1954).

I believe that in the book "Lord of the Flies" William Golding seeks to demonstrate that there is a beast/alter ego inside each and every one of us where its only desire is to descend order into a chaotic environment. Also I believe that he may be seeking to show similarities from historical events of corruption and fascism to events in his book, eg. the dictator Hitler and the dictator Jack and the fascist empire of the National Socialist German Workers (or Nazi) and Jack's group of savage hunters and followers, and possibly even try to demonstrate that without parents or adults there is a greater chance of chaos coming into place, whereby the adults represent democracy and/or sanity.
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One way was isolating the pre-adolescent boys into an environment far away from any civilization or adults giving the boys the responsibility to tend for themselves. Another way was the introduction of rules set by only one member of the boys and that he was saying that his way was the only way to go. Also take note that the book titled "Lord of the Flies" means, in Arabic, Beelzebub (or one of manifestations of the devil) and also take note that Golding possibly has a general view of men , in that, in his book "The Spire" (1964) Golding writes that "a man is a creature that produces evil as a bee produces

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