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Symbolism and reason for a societys breakdown in William Goldings Lord of the flies
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In William Golding´s novel Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys find themselves on an uninhabited island. The island becomes a microcosmos, a miniature society where the boys and their actions represent different parts of their new world. One of Golding´s reasons for this is to show us how people act in a society and what happens if certain attitudes or actions do not exist or if they disappear from it. He also wants to describe why some people put themselves above others and why the big mass accepts the fact that they are being ruled. The main object with the essay is to show how Golding uses the characters and the objcets in the story in a symbolic way. They all portray aspects in a normal society such as democracy, law and order, structure, rationalism, unity, chaos, evil, fear, and goodness. Thus, in spite of all the right elements in the children fail to create a working society. The essay describes therefore the reasons for the collapse and how the paradise island turns out to be a place where fear, chaos, and evil rule.

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2003. , 18 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53750Local ID: ENG C-16OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53750DiVA: diva2:1102310
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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