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"A pack of British boys"

Siöland, Hampus LU (2016) ENGK01 20161
English Studies
Abstract
Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding is seen by many as a portrait of the violent darkness of human nature, and how all of humanity will revert to a savage state in the absence of civilisation. This essay argues that this is not accurate, since the book only presents the actions of a group of British boys, among which the majority of the violent acts are performed by boys who are most likely from an upper class background. This is put into the context of literary erasure, meaning the exclusion of social groups other than the most powerful ones in literary works. The essay also discusses elements in the book which by today’s standards carry a racist tone, along with speculations regarding the author’s intentions of not including... (More)
Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding is seen by many as a portrait of the violent darkness of human nature, and how all of humanity will revert to a savage state in the absence of civilisation. This essay argues that this is not accurate, since the book only presents the actions of a group of British boys, among which the majority of the violent acts are performed by boys who are most likely from an upper class background. This is put into the context of literary erasure, meaning the exclusion of social groups other than the most powerful ones in literary works. The essay also discusses elements in the book which by today’s standards carry a racist tone, along with speculations regarding the author’s intentions of not including female characters, and how these reasons are quite far-fetched. The book’s portrayal of femininity as something weak and inefficient, and traditionally masculine qualities as the optimal stuff of leadership is also considered in the discussion. It concludes with a confirmation of the thesis that the book is representative of Western males from a hierarchical class system. (Less)
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Siöland, Hampus LU
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alternative title
A study of erasure of class, culture, and gender in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
course
ENGK01 20161
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Golding, erasure, gender, Lord of the Flies, racism, sexism, humanity, human nature, William Golding, British, culture, class
language
English
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8885659
date added to LUP
2016-08-17 10:55:15
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2016-08-17 10:55:15
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  abstract     = {Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding is seen by many as a portrait of the violent darkness of human nature, and how all of humanity will revert to a savage state in the absence of civilisation. This essay argues that this is not accurate, since the book only presents the actions of a group of British boys, among which the majority of the violent acts are performed by boys who are most likely from an upper class background. This is put into the context of literary erasure, meaning the exclusion of social groups other than the most powerful ones in literary works. The essay also discusses elements in the book which by today’s standards carry a racist tone, along with speculations regarding the author’s intentions of not including female characters, and how these reasons are quite far-fetched. The book’s portrayal of femininity as something weak and inefficient, and traditionally masculine qualities as the optimal stuff of leadership is also considered in the discussion. It concludes with a confirmation of the thesis that the book is representative of Western males from a hierarchical class system.},
  author       = {Siöland, Hampus},
  keyword      = {Golding,erasure,gender,Lord of the Flies,racism,sexism,humanity,human nature,William Golding,British,culture,class},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"A pack of British boys"},
  year         = {2016},
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