Lord of the Flies:

Blog 3

The novel Lord of the Flies may start out to be a book filled with adventure and fun but dramatically turns into the opposite.

The third cultural assumption I have decided to analyse is 'war drives men mad'. The novel was written and is set during the time of World War II, many men were out fighting in this war at the time. Not long after the boys land on the island after they're plane was shot down, they come to realise that no adults means no rules and eventually lash out on each other, one by one after jack's tribe is formed all of the boys start to go crazy, thinking there is an enemy on the island, murdering wild pigs and drenching themselves in the animal's blood and worst of all, as an entire group, murdering one of they're own. The boy have turned into "painted savages" Goulding wrote that himself. The character that is the best example of this assumption is Jack, when denied chief Jack is bitterly trying to gain power of being head over Ralph, eventually he decides to leave and form his own tribe of hunters and talk them into all wanting ralph and piggy dead. A quote from the text to show the madness the boys are no subjected to in their minds is "kill the beast, slit Its throat, spill its blood". For boys under the ages of twelve years old saying that and meaning it literally is unheard of in today's society.

I believe Goulding reinforces this cultural assumption through the storyline of war, language of madness and characters who have had personality changes.

In society today we still have many men and even women fighting in wars, terrorist reins and for countries. But not always will one go 'mad' after fighting in a war. Fighting in war obviously puts and incredible amount of stress on a person and is not mentally healthy, some handle it but others face a slow distention to utter madness.