Wider Reading: the Written Assignment-‘The Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Day of the Triffids’ Both Golding and Wyndham write about groups of people trying to hold onto civilization after a disaster. What is each writer showing us about human beings by putting his character in this situation? Each writer shows us aspects of human beings largely through putting their groups of people in extreme conditions as they hold onto civilization revealing their true personalities such as fear. However, there are large differences as Golding shows group of young boys stranded on an island, Wyndham using groups of sighted people of various ages sometimes with the blind as well. This is carried on further by the different views of human beings as each writer observes different experiences during the Cold War, the time when the book was written.
Lord of the Flies is a novel by Nobel-Prize winning author William Golding. It is about a group of boys who get stuck on a deserted island during the nuclear war. “The only thing one really knows about human nature is that it changes.” I agree with this quote, because I believe that human nature changes depending on where the person lives. Jack Merridew for example changes throughout the book. He starts out wanting to help and contribute to the group, and by the end of the book, he slowly changes for the worse.
“Hereby it is a manifest, that during the time man live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war…” This quote, from the 16th century philosopher, Hobbes, states that mankind is naturally evil. Moreover, Hobbes believes that without a leader, everything would be chaos. For example, in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, there are many prime examples of Hobbes’ theory. The novel’s plot involves a group of English school boys who become stranded on a deserted island, but arrive in a good state of mind. As the novel progresses, the boys become chaotic after not having a dependable leader.
Again, Vonnegut's main character is composed of two complementary sides; one good, and one evil; together forming the whole person. We must view Billy, however, as essentially good in order to see Vonnegut's point; that government with this type of moral stronghold on society is essentially bad and will force good men to perform evil acts in the name of freedom. This theme is carried into another story from Welcome to the Monkey House, entitled "Harrison Bergeron." This story, only seven pages long, was expanded into a movie because of the interesting questions it raises. "Harrison Bergeron" is the story of a futuristic world in which everyone is equal.
#1 William Golding stated that his primary objective for writing Lord of the Flies was to “trace the defects of human society back to the defects of human nature." At the time, Golding’s personal experience from his involvement in WWII provided him with material, which he drew upon for his characterization and plot development. Today, the “defects of human society” are often associated with some form of media: social media, investigative journalism, or forms of entertainment, i.e. movies, songs, video games. In your essay you will discuss how today’s media affects the motives and actions of not just society, but of the individuals within it.
English A Level 13 January 2014 Lord of the Flies: Changes in Jack “Appearances are often deceiving.” ( Aesop Quotes ). In the story Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jack Merridew appears to be a usual English boy, but turns out to be a cold blooded killer, who is thirsty for power. He goes through many changes in the book Lord of the Flies, which the other boys down a path of savagery. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, Jack was first seen as an ordinary English boy who was leader of the choir boys. The first thing that changes about Jack Merridew is his exterior.
On Human Nature: William Golding's Perception William Golding wanted to write a novel better than the ones he read to his children. Golding was finally inspired to write, what is now known as Lord of the Flies, after witnessing the horrors of and after World War II. "The novel's sense of tragedy came from the most desperate time of his life, which was after the war" (Lord of the Flies Discovery Channel documentary). Golding "took the war and scaled it into a limited experiment" (Lord of the Flies Discovery Channel documentary). The Holocaust, which shocked the entire world, displayed genocide and evil beyond imagination.