WAR TURNS MEN INTO SAVAGES

In the book Lord of the flies, I have come across another cultural assumption that William Golding has introduced. It is that war turns men into savages. Golding shows the assumption through the characters by making the boys hunt and act like savages. It is clear in the book that the boys have changed since they've been on the Island. An example of this, is when the boys kill Simon because he did not believe in the 'others.' If you ask me it seems like a pretty bizarre reason to kill someone. But because the war is happening and there stranded on the island the boys start to think of killing as normal.

Personally I think it's wrong that Golding turns the young boys into savages. The boys on the Island are ages of 8-12. Boys of that age do not have the urge to kill anyone. It would be different if the boys were older but they're not. Another example of the killing is when one of the boys push a big boulder off a cliff to kill piggy standing below them. What 10 year old boy would think of doing that?

The reason why I think Golding has turned the boys into savages is because of the war that was going on at the time the book was written. There were so many young boys going off to war trying to kill. So that’s why Golding turned the boys into savages.

I will continue keeping you in touch for any more cultural assumptions I find.

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2 years ago
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Once again you have just talked about the book instead of relating the cultural assumption back the era in real life, all though i do believe the assumption is outlined fairly clearly. i think that you should have more background information on the time of this book which i think is time of war. You have also not included a quote from the book which would be evidence to prove your point which would help immensely, you could include the quote easily in the 2nd and 3rd paragraph, after including quote, explain it and link it back to the context in the time and why Golding challenges the cultural assumption in the book.

2 years ago
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You did talk briefly about the war in the 1st and last paragraph but this would definitely need to be extended upon come assessment time, that is just my personal opinion. In this book i can find some similarities as the boys are rebelling against society just as the teenagers were but there are differences like the age of the boys, and also the era in which the book is being explained and where.