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Revisiting the children in the coral island: Cruelty and perversity represented in the children of William Golding's Lord of the flies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay aims at a group of little boys, aged between six and twelve, who once happen to meet in an isolated island having been cut off from their home. These boys are the characters of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Aiming at these children, this essay attempts to analyze their characters and actions. This essay describes the cultural background of the boys and later concentrates on the boys. They are not innocent. They are involved in violence and murder. This essay finds out that Golding is the person, who thinks that human is imprisoned to innate evil and that evil can be active even in the children. So, the children cannot be framed in innocence and vulnerability only. This essay also draws on R.M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island children, who maintain the traditional idea of innocence and vulnerability in their actions. Actually, R.M. Ballantyne is referred to deepen the analysis of the topic. However, Lord of the Flies has a pessimistic tone of the loss of the childhood and innocence. This is seen when Golding’s Jack along with his gang savagely murders Simon at first and, at the second attempt killed Piggy, a wise boy. Jack takes over the island and establishes anarchy in the island. His and his gang’s cruelty continues until they pay the last visit to Ralph to destroy him. In short, this essay is placed in the theme of creative cruelty and perversity of the children Golding describes in Lord of the Flies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 28 p.
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62045OAI: diva2:439600
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-09-13 Created: 2011-09-08 Last updated: 2012-01-09Bibliographically approved

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