Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

The power of literature is that it highlights significant social issues within society.

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One of the many different uses or powers of literature is that it can put you in someone else’s shoes, it allows the reader to see and acknowledge issues that are otherwise confronting or uncomfortable. Literature, for hundreds of years has been used as a tool to persuade you to think a certain way, to see things from a different point of view and even to bring to light issues within society itself. The most written about are bullying, violence and forced maturity.

In William Goldings Lord of the Flies these issues are all discussed frequently, as you read the book you begin to notice that almost every character has been developed to represent similar social issues. Ralph is an example of forced maturity. He takes on the position as leader despite being so young, and tries his best to keep the boys safe while also trying to find an escape off the island. This forces him to be the mature grown up of the group, to be smart about every decision; Jack is an example of youth violence, he thrives on desolation and violence and entirely comes out of his shell when he realises that there are no consequences for his actions while separated from civilization. Piggy is a clear example of bullying in todays society, he is the most blatantly written and talked about character of the book, he was bullied in England because of his weight and despite being so far away from his old life he seems unable to shed the obedient nature that had been beaten into him for so many years.

Ralph/Forced Maturity/Quote from book
Forced maturity in today’s society is a serious problem among teens and young children. From a very young age we are taught that if we want to make it in the world, we have to look a certain way, if we want to be taken seriously, we have to act a certain way, and if we decide we want to do a certain job,...

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