Lord of the Flies Utopia or Dystopia
According to the Oxford American Dictionary, a utopia – n – is an imaginary place, society, or situation where everything is perfect, and vice versa, a dystopia – n – is a place, society, or situation in which everything is bad. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of English boys become stranded on an uninhabited island during the midst of a World War. They attempt to form a society to keep the order and civility, but through the fear a creature called “The Beast,” and human nature finally getting to the majority of them, everything soon turns to chaos and savagery. Many pin the boy’s society to be either a utopia or a dystopia, although neither definition really suits it, and that is because the society that emerges in Golding’s Lord of the Flies is actually a combination of both a utopia and a dystopia. When focusing on the beginning of the book, it is clear to see that when the boy’s first land on the island, and start forming their society, they try making it ideal to them. These are kids from ages around 6, to maybe 16, and the rules they decided to make along with the way most decide to go about their life on the island, does make it a place where virtually everything’s perfect. “ “Well the littleuns are-“ He gesticulated, sought for a word. “They’re hopeless. The older ones aren’t much better. D’you see? All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else. They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing.” (Golding 45) Again, to the majority of the island, excluding Ralph, Simon, Piggy, and maybe Jack, they’re life of just bathing, and eating, and playing, is much more preferable versus the alternative such as working or going to school. You could argue that this doesn’t make it a utopia just because they get to play around all day. The situations not “perfect” as the definition says it has to be, but right now it’s about perspective. Most of these children have no desire to be rescued, and/or are too young...
Cited: Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York, New York: The Berkley Publish Group, 1964, print
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