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Anti-Utopia

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Transcript of Anti-Utopia

The Path to an Anti-Utopia
The Downfall
Anti-Utopia: the definition
An Anti-Utopia is a society where the members wish to create a Utopia, but a "fatal flaw", or chip in the silver lining, presents itself, leading the society to spiral downward into the exact opposite.
Golding's Views
Humanity:

without societal rules, a "Utopia" can never exist, as shown by the group of schoolboys who were on an island with nobody to tell them what to do or how to live.
The Future:

the future, as determined by Golding, will be one driven by apathy and anarchy if nobody sets up stricter rules to stop us.
The "Other Two"
The characteristic
Utopia
is classified today as the perfect place, one with no flaws.
Dystopia
is the exact opposite - a society characterized by flaws, greed, poverty, etc.
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Anti-Utopian Themes
In the theme of "good vs. evil", the reader sees that most (if not all) of the boys want to be "good", or civilized, but the hunger for blood, and imposing one's will onto another creature, becomes too great, turning into the society's "evil", and fatal flaw. This causes the downfall of the whole backbone of the island's Utopia, thus transforming it into an Anti-Utopia.
Anti-Utopia in the Characters
Ralph
wanted the Utopian society to rule, but even he was subject to the hypnotizing blood thirst while on his first pig hunt.
Jack

may have wanted a civilization with rules in the beginning, but he became obsessed with being the one with power and control, as well as hunting for pigs and the "beast".
Piggy

is the voice of knowledge and reason throughout the novel, and once he is murdered, the Anti-Utopia is as prevalent as the Lord of the Flies.
The Lord of the Flies

showed Simon that evil lives inside all human beings, and this beast is why a Utopia can never be reached.
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Anti-Utopia in the Plot
In the novel, the boys start out on the island, trying to create a Utopian society. However, as the book progresses, the boys' blood lust causes the society to crash and burn, quite literally. This is shown through Golding's characterization and use of themes.
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Anti-Utopia in the Text
The Lord of the Flies tells Simon during the chapter preceding his death, ""You knew, didn't you? I'm a part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?"" (164). The "it" the Lord of the Flies is referring to is the Utopia the boys attempted to create.

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Jack was the catalyst in society becoming an Anti-Utopia, as he did not want to lead the boys, rather, he wanted to control them. He thought the other boys' reliance on his strength made him better suited for power, and power was something he demanded. But since Ralph held the conch, and exuded leadership, Jack would forever be the number two in the Utopia. This subordinate position drove Jack to revolt against the quasi-Utopia, creating two "tribes" and retrogressing back into the times of savagery.
Jack also used the other boys' fear of "the Beast" as a way to manipulate them into thinking Ralph was weak and could not protect them against such a horrible creature. (He was right about that; not even Ralph could save the boys from themselves) He insinuated that he could do so, and if the others were to let him be the controller, he would hunt the beast down and kill it.
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