Are humans civilized, or are we just savages waiting to come out? William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies tackles that question.
|Author||Golding - William Golding|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century British Literature|
Rules and Order
Wisdom and Knowledge
We can still exhibit the same Jack-like bloodlust and betrayal.
Just like in the book, when the 'savages' betray one another and kill for the first
time. Isn't it human nature?
Aren't we just being competitive? It's a jungle out there...be it real or the
working world. It's survival of the fittest.
On the other hand, we can be 'civilized', too. Right?
Just like Ralph's side, we debate... ...we discuss...
...and we can usually get along without killing each other.
Unless it's over the remote control. So are we 'savages' or are we 'civilized'?
Maybe a little of both. We learn that leaning too far toward either
extreme... ...can be polarizing and divisive.
There's often a choice to be made. Sometimes it's not as black and white as it
seems. The savage side resides in all of us.
But, then again, so does the civilized side. We still need to make the decision though:
Which side wins out... ...and when?
Shmoop Amongst Yourselves.