How Lord of the Flies Relates to the Real World?

Topics: World War II, North Korea, Korean War Pages: 2 (910 words) Published: May 31, 2010
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a classic novel that is known as one of the greatest pieces of literature and has been for decades, because of how it relates to people and events that have happened. As the island is a microcosm of the world, the book mirrors what’s going on in the real world. The main themes of the book are Good Vs. Evil, Civilization Vs. Savagery, Power and Survival, which can easily be related to by most people - both now, when the book was written and probably also in the future.

Personally, the book taught me a lot about how people deal with situations when under pressure, people’s need for power and how easy it really if for a war to break out and I found that in my mind I could easily link what was going on in the book, with recent events I had heard about. It also let me think about similar situations that I had been in and how my reactions compared to the characters in the book.

When the book was written in the 1950’s the fight for power in the book seemed a lot like World War Two and I found that Jack could easily be compared to Adolf Hitler, as they both gained their power in the same way, by giving the people what they wanted. Jack offered the boys on the island food and shelter, and even though Ralph had better intentions than Jack, he couldn’t give them what they wanted as he knew he had to look at the bigger picture, rather than just show them a comfortable lifestyle. Jack did the opposite, he didn’t think about how they needed to be rescued, he focused on giving the people what they wanted to gain their loyalty and as most people would they didn’t think about the future and chose what was best for them now. The main problem was the Jack’s want for power grew, just like some other leaders such as Saddam Husain who led the Ba’ath Party and Slobodam Molosovic who was president of Serbia and Yugoslavia. You can see this when Jack says, “I’m going off by myself… Any one that wants to hunt when I do can come too.” I think...
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