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The Author's View of Human Nature in the Novels, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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Authors View of Human Behaivior- An authors view of human behavior is often reflected in their works The novels All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Lord of the Flies by William Golding are both examples of works that demonstrate their authors view of man as well his opinion of war Goldings Lord of the Flies is highly demonstrative of Goldings opinion that society is a thin and fragile veil that when removed shows man for what he truly is a savage animal Perhaps the bet demonstration of this given by Golding is Jacks progression to the killing of the sow Upon first landing on the island Jack Ralph and Simon go to survey their new home Along the way the boys have their first encounter with the islands pigs They see a piglet caught in some of the plants Quickly Jack draws his knife so as to kill the piglet Instead of completing the act however Jack hesitates Golding states that The pause was only long enough for them to realize the enormity of what the downward stroke would be Golding is suggesting that the societal taboos placed on killing are still ingrained within Jack The next significant encounter in Jacks progression is his first killing of a pig There is a description of a great celebration The boys chant Kill the pig Cut her throat Spill her blood It is clear from Goldings description of the revelry that followed the killing that the act of the hunt provided the boys with more than food The action of killing another living thing gives them pleasure The last stage in Jacks metamorphosis is demonstrated by the murder of the sow Golding describes the killing almost as a rape He says Jack was on
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