Golding\'s Reality fact or Fiction


Golding\'s Reality
Fiction or fact

A recurring theme in William Golding\'s 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 Golding\'s 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 the evil that is deep in his heart. This book also shows
that if a bunch of well mannered school boys can turn evil, one can imagine what can
happen with world leaders undergoing the pressure of world relations.

Golding uses setting in Lord of the Flies as a first indication of the evil within man
and society. The entire story is set on a beautiful desolate island located probably
somewhere in the Pacific Ocean near the first atom bomb detonation.(Daryl L. Houston)
The land was beautiful and as pure as the Garden of Eden was until man came. They
started by crashing a plane and leaving a scar in the beautiful island. Then the boys
became scattered all over the island until Ralph united them with the conch. The conch,
one blow and all the animals the where already scared to death. They had never seen a
human before and the beauty of the island was again ruined. Then when the boys were
walking through the forest and came upon a boulder and just rolled it down the hill
laughing as the trees and brush were destroyed. The destruction of the forest was pleasing
to them that should show evil right there within in there actions. Then later on the boys
still thinking of their civilized ways decided to build a fire and as luck would have it went
out of control. The boys hadn\'t even been there a week and half of the island had already
been destroyed. At the end of the story when there are putting places of the forest on fire
trying to kill Ralph this also shows the boys destroying nature because man is evil. This is
how Golding shows evil in man through setting.

Golding did not just use the property of setting to show the evil in man. He also
used the characters to show evil within society through the boys evil behavior. Golding
shows in Lord of the Flies that society has all types of people those who work, those who
play, those who lead, those who think, those who cause trouble, and those who are just
mindless followers. With that he created Ralph, Jack, Piggy, Simon, Roger, and the little
kids not old enough to have a say. Ralph was the leader type. He was the part of society
that was practical and stood by his ideas as a good leader should. Then there was Piggy
whose fat alone didn\'t make him an out cast it was his mind. Piggy was the smartest boy
on the