Blog 3- Lord of the Flies
I'm nearly at the end of the book and I have found my third and final assumption and that is that 'war drives men mentally insane'. This book starts out by looking like an adventurous book, but is suddenly changed into the exact opposite.
I have found this assumption by examining this book closely and realising that war drives men mad. This book was written around the time of WW2 and many men were fighting at this time.
At the start of this book the plane that is carrying boys that are only young is shot down and crashes onto an island, and the boys soon realise that there are no adults to reinforce rules so they eventually Jacks group starts to go crazy and lash out at each other and Ralphs group. They think that there is a beast on the island, so they start killing the pigs and drenching themselves in animal blood, but they become so scared of the beast that they murder one of their own, Simon. Golding states in one of the paragraphs that the boys turn into "painted savages". The character that is the best example for this is Jack, the antagonist. When Jack is turned down to become chief, he tries very hard to gain power over Ralph and he eventually does this by forming his own tribe of hunters. Jack turns his tribe against Ralph and Piggy and convinces them to wanting them dead.
A quote from the book is "kill the beast! Slit his throat! Spill its blood!". This shows how crazy the boys are going at the age of 12 and how strong minded they are about killing this 'beast'. These words or actions are basically never heard in today's society.
Goulding shows this cultural assumption through the plot of 'war', the madness in the language for kids of that age and for characters personalities that have changed.
Today we still have both men and women fighting in war and terrorists. This doesn’t always mean they will go 'mad' after fighting in war but it will obviously put a large amount of stress on a person and that means they may not keep a healthy mental system. Others will face a slow distention to utter madness.