Would he see in those young William Golding premonitory pre-tyranny manifested in some of those now, even with parental or adult authority, dominate the family?
Or is it a synthesis of long adolescence of mankind, which until the declaration of human rights, incommunicado roamed the land until the establishment of an unseen adult, with criterion, called God or gods.
The novel of 1857 by Robert M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island William Golding inspired to write this novel.
Read today The Lord of the Flies, leaves us less surprised that back in 1980. What appeared to manual wild child survival that have populated the contemporary history, as no other by the globalization of information, or early radicalization of the pampered children, the behavior does not surprise us too much, and we forms, not in the closest view.
No child, no other author's purpose, which shape the development of humanity, ruled by male persons, and the planning and development from such diverse personalities, making them responsible for the mistakes or successes, without subtlety, that if sharing ideas women would have been otherwise. Do not forget that the few matriarchal history axes are also warriors.
A group of British cadets, six and twelve, in the middle of World War II are evacuated from the area where they are. The plane piloted by adults on the move, an accident caused by a storm, the only surviving children and one adult seriously injured, who tried to save, not to lose control reference, representing adults. But the slow recovery of the pilot leaves them free will to survive.
The first days are idyllic, away from the pressures of an adult world, children will enjoy the freedom that they wanted to glimpse that existed outside the strict control of their parents or mentors. Discover wonderful places on freedom in full nature, clean sea, exuberant vegetation, the food at your fingertips, and all the free time without schedules, in a territory which they find in their explorations is an island.
But the passage of time, they require a prior arrangement to collect and manage food resources, distribution of responsibilities, and time, in order to survive until rescued.
Until that arrives, each character expresses her own needs. Every act, in social organization that has to do with the order in opposition to violence, with an obsequiousness submitted to the leader and face of brutality, kindness that corner uncontrolled instincts, these patterns less primary, which they believe have deciphered more balanced world of adults, which were growing, also scoring on both sides, the reasons for their rivalry.
Children have nightmares about an animal they think is loosed upon the island, and this dream are afraid. The idol is born from the dream of one of the boys, Simon, representing the mystical, where the head of the boar as a personification of a challenge overcome, allowing them to survive, surrounded by flies, from the imitation of the world's structures that civilized, giving permanent presence of death as a natural stage of coexistence of good and evil.
Some materials become the symbols for differential pattern will make the important from the trivial: the one with the shell, is granted the right to say in the assembly, the head stuck and surrounded by flies, is the image of power and is to cause fear to the subjects, the stake, is the only resource that will serve to alert the world of isolation, and they want to be rescued, and the glasses are the instrument to re-create this fire, if you go out.
Also, each character represents a human quality: Ralph, Piggy, Jack, Roger, Simon, are the ruling class and the other children, the other inhabitants of the world, protected by some and manipulated by others
The novel is full of atavistic resources, related to psychoanalysis, although unknown to the children create their instinct to survive, from innocence to savagery.
This cruel story, emerging from the author's experience in World War II, is populated by tiny details very aesthetic and very elegant dialogues that go beyond our imagination.
We could go looking for literary genealogies, essays or realytis fashion, which break up the themes of the novel, or even find its opposite in Rousseau's Emile.