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Lord of the Flies as a Social Commentary:
Transcript of Lord of the Flies as a Social Commentary:
A Sociological Criticism
Golding in the Royal Navy (1940) Participated in the invasion of Normandy
on humanity and human violence (Prison Guard Experiment)
School teacher - experiments with
students, observe kids' behavior
Many popular books about boys going on adventures, w/ dangerous but glamorous outcomes
-a sort of parody of
War time conditions
prevalent since WWII begins
meat and fruit hard to get
common for British citizens
cities destroyed, clothes/supplies hard to get
lower(factory working), middle( and upper class - unchangeable
Human nature is violent and savage
Militaristic, dictatorships win out over democracies by using
to control people
The "psychology of fear" drives civilized people to act wildly
Counter mining rationalist optimism that humankind can be perfected - saying we are inherently flawed
Key aspects of human experience
Desire for political order - represented by the meeting platform and conch
Natural inclination toward evil and violence, countries' need for a military - represented by choirboys/hunters/murderers
belief in supernatural/divine intervention - represented by almost ceremonial dances, chants and sacrifices
Image of an average flawed society
Group of white, British boys
Democracy and intentions of civilized society.
Autocracy and human tendency toward cruelty and savagery.
a symbol of order/leadership.
intelligence, science, technology and rationality
spirituality, human goodness
average people, swayed by fear and societal influence
The Island and characters act as a microcosm of the war torn world around it
Boys symbolize waring countries'
. Harsh environment reminiscent of a
. Fighting "
, about an imaginary
Allegory and Symbolism
Mutually Assured Destruction
Concept during the Cold War - nuclear war would mean all involved will be destroyed.
Explored through conflict between Ralph and Jack
presentation by Jessy Kruemmel