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.