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The novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding does reflect the time in which it was written just after the war to a certain extent and it does show the beliefs of the author but I do not believe the novel will endure throughout time because its not successful in revealing universal messages about humans William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College Oxford His father was a schoolmaster and his mother was a suffragette He was brought up to be a scientist but revolted After two years at Oxford he read English literature instead and became a devoted writer He spent five years at Oxford published a volume of poems in 1935 then joined the Royal Navy in 1940 and spent six years afloat except for seven months in New York and six months helping Lord Cherwell at the Naval Research Establishment He saw action against battleships at the sinking of the Bismarck submarines and aircraft He finished as Lieutenant in command of a rocket ship He was present off the French coast for the D-Day invasion and later at the island of Walcheren After the war he returned to teaching and began to write again Lord of the Flies his first novel was published in 1954 It was later filmed by Peter Brook in 1963 The novel is themed heavily around conflict the savagery of man and abuse of power as a war had just finished it reflects the pointless human savagery that starts because of different beliefs and therefore reflects the socialhistorical context in which it was written In the book Jack and his tribe have no rules or plans to get rescued from the island Jack uses the beast to scare the tribe into sticking with him and doing things his way He abuses the power that he has gained as the new head of the
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