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William Goldings Lord of the Flies published in 1954 is a turbulent narrative that presents us with a group of English choir boys deserted on an inhabited island after surviving a plane crash Alone with no adults on the island - the novel explores that no matter how the boys try to retain a semblance of democracy each generation born is in effect an invasion of civilisation by little barbarians who must be civilised Thomas Sowell According to Sowell if the battle for civilisation comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians the barbarians are going to win Why is that so Because as George RR Martin penned there is a savage beast in every man and when you hand that man a sword and send him forth to war the beast stirs For these boys the island provided that war the need for survival stirred the ------ beast within them Those who refused to fight chose to stay civilised were viewed as the wimps With this the novel slowly progresses towards conflict and the disintegration of civilisation hence giving rise to tumultuous savagery Goldings Lord of the Flies conveys messages about our world both past and present - on how each generation is losing its grip on civilisation that as time goes by democracy is becoming of less importance in our society and barbaric activity if we are not vigilant will take placeThe themes and messages that are captured in Lord of the Flies is about the destruction of our world as we lose our grip on civilisation and democracy which can only be reconstructed through salvation The novels major symbol is that of the conch which is closely affiliated with democracy In relation to the conch Piggy says We can use this to call the others Have a meeting Theyll come when they hear us Golding 20 This shows that the conch had the subliminal power to
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