Lord of the Flies

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William Golding’s Lord of the Flies shows that in the absence of civilization humans will return to their primal instincts of Evil, “Lord of the Flies portrays a gradual reversion to the most primitive and bloodthirsty savagery” (Green 162). One interpretation of Golding’s philosophy is that every individual must acknowledge his or her connection to all people. The lack of awareness of this fact is the root of humanity’s problems. People no longer …

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