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A recurring theme in William Goldings novel Lord of the Flies is that man savage at heart always ultimately reverting back to evil and a primitive nature Golding believes that man has no control over his own destiny because of fear Golding uses properties of setting characters and their behavior and the events of the book Lord of the Flies to build and support his vision of reality William Golding was born in Great Britain in 1911 and throughout his whole life he has witnessed the true evil in man As an adult he lived through and was in World War II He saw many dictators come and go and he witnessed entire nations crumble and weapons that could destroy entire cities Golding grew up in the time of the Holocaust and saw many evil dictators rise and fall This is why Goldings vision of reality is that all man is savage at heart He lived in a time when the whole world was divided and a little spark was all that was needed to set off world destruction It was at this time that Golding wrote Lord of the Flies the title itself means true evil and destruction Translated into Hebrew it is Beelzebub and it means devil Lord of the Flies is a story of a group of boys from different backgrounds that become stranded on an isolated and uncharted island when their plane crashes As the boys try to unite to try to become rescued they begin to separate and a tribe of savage hunters is formed After a while the boys lose all sense of civilized behavior This is when you realize that the boys have lost all manners and civility that had been instilled as they where raised thus showing the savage beast in the heart of all men This book shows how easy it is for man to revert back to
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