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Of Savages and Innocents In William Goldings Lord of the Flies it is apparent the author is trying to get across the point that evil is inside of each of us In all cultural stereotypes even today anyone who may be different from the typical American white man can be labeled as savage Mans original sin is overlooked and all the negative energy is focused on the evil differences of other cultures For example in Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe the author wrote a fictional account of Crusoe and his attempt to civilize a savage The savage in the story was an evil creature who did not know the difference between yes and no and was intent on finding the graves of two dead men and making signs to me that we should dig them up again and eat them In the story Crusoe taught the man morals and clothed him for which the story made him a hero when all he really had done was rip a man away from his homeland Another example is Rudyard Kipling who wrote the poem The White Mans Burden in response to the increased amount of Philippine people in America Because the people of the Philippines had different customs values and looks they were thought right away to be savages Kipling wrote his poem to the United States as if to say now you have to deal with this load of savages He wrote about the Philippine people in a negative manner of the savages calling them your new-caught sullen peoples half devil and half child perfectly reflecting the definition of definition of savagery at the time Goldings Lord of the Flies was a radical objection in the face of prejudice stating that white men were just as savage of those others that had been previously stereotyped It was frightening and completely unheard of that proper British schoolboys could turn out to be such evil creatures The novel showed
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