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William Golding in his novel Lord of the Flies symbolically describes the degeneration of a civilized society Embedded within the story of a group of young boys struggling to survive alone on a deserted island are insights to the capacity of evil within the human soul and how it relates to the defect in societies After a plane crash that results in their inhabitation of the island the boys establish a democratic society that thrives on order necessity and unity Slowly however the peaceful society that they create shatters through a path of hatred disrespect murder and the release of the true human soul Many of William Goldings works discusses mans capacity for fear and cowardice Golding wished to show that fear is an emotion that is instinctive and active in humans from the very beginnings of their lives This revelation uncovers another weakness in man supporting Goldings belief that beneath the coat of civility lies the hidden human passion savagery and an almost animal-like cruelty Throughout the novel there is a constant struggle for power between two groups and the struggle illustrates mans fear of losing control The fear of the unknown is natural the fear of losing power is inherited - Golding uses these vices to prove the point that any type of uncontrolled fear contributes to mens stability and will ultimately lead to his demise spiritually and perhaps even physically Lord of the flies used changes experienced by boys on an uninhabited island to show the evil nature of man By using different characters and various events the author was able to portray various types of people found in our society Their true selves were revealed in the absence of adults laws and punishment The existence of civilisation allows man to remain innocent or ignorant of his true nature When the concepts of humanity and civilisation slip away or are ignored human beings revert to the more primitive
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