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William Goldings novel The Inheritors reaches into prehistoria advancing the thesis that humankinds evolutionary ancestors the Fire-Builders triumphed over a gentler race as much by violence and deceit as by natural superiority wwwEnglishNobelca 11998 His thesis is much like his thesis used in his novel Lord of the Flies He constantly restates his thoughts on violence and its human involvement The Inheritors exemplifies a scenario in which the last eight members of a tribe of Neanderthal men meet a tribe of Homo Sapiens and later are destroyed His thoughts are based not only on his archaeological readings and his knowledge of old English epic but are also based on his terrifying experiences of the tensions and trauma of the second world war In the novelThe Inheritors the overall effect portrays humans as being innately barbaric due to the novels anthropological perspective characterization and symbolism When humans first arrived approximately 34 million years ago Webster397 1992 one might find it difficult to imagine what it would be like to lead the life of a typical Australopithecine Like today you would be faced with everyday challenges that we come to know and accept For example Homo-Habilis would begin his day by gathering food while his mate would tend to the needs of his children While scavenging he would be faced by the common predator such as a Sabre-toothed Wild Cat Because Homo-Habilis did not have the technology to overcome such a feat he would perish Overtime evolution took its place and did its job Homo-Erectus abounded and took his throne as the supreme warrior in comparison to his meek predecessor When faced with a similar challenge Homo-Erectus would overcome this challenge due to his innate ability to be aggressive and his revised brain structure which allowed him to make weapons and tools From this point on nothing would stand in mans way of rising to the top of the food chain With Charles Darwins theory of evolution
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