Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Social, Cultural, and Historical Issues in Coral Island and Lord of
The Social, Cultural, and Historical Issues in Coral Island and Lord of the Flies At first sight, Ã¢â¬ËCoral IslandÃ¢â¬â¢ seems an extremely pompous and arrogant novel. This, however, is because the book is being read from a 21st century perspective, whereas when Ballantyne wrote Ã¢â¬ËCoral IslandÃ¢â¬â¢ it was seen as a thoroughly enjoyable story. This is because the book was written in the 19th century, when the people of Britain felt that they had developed an organised society where humans were at their best and flourishing. As Ballantyne himself described the society: Ã¢â¬ËBritons at the top of the tree, savages and pigs at the bottom.Ã¢â¬â¢ Looking at Ã¢â¬ËCoral IslandÃ¢â¬â¢ from a 20th century point of view, Golding analysed the book very critically and decided that it was an out of date, arrogant, false portrayal of society and that he could write a better book. He sat down and wrote Ã¢â¬ËLord of the FliesÃ¢â¬â¢ to show the problems of human nature. The island in the book was used just as a place to put his group of boys away from the adult world, but also had symbolic values linked closely to the theme of evil in man throughout the novel: Ã¢â¬ËThe island itself is a symbol of perfection and paradise, and the instant that humans arrive, a scar of destruction is left through the once perfect forest. The island is also boat shaped, and looking out at the waves at a point on the island gives the illusion that it is moving backwards. This symbolises a journey in which man is always moving on, but makes no progress in life.Ã¢â¬â¢ As well as being linked to GoldingÃ¢â¬â¢s beliefs, the use of the island also enabled direct comparisons with Ã¢â¬ËCoral IslandÃ¢â¬â¢. Golding hated the tone and ideas of Ballantyne in Ã¢â¬ËCoral IslandÃ¢â¬â¢, and expressed his thoughts publi... ...e rescue in the end where adult life appears, dignified and capable, but in reality enmeshed in the same evil as the symbolic life of the children on the island. The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a ship which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same way. And who will rescue the officer?Ã¢â¬â¢ Overall, I think the main theme running throughout Ã¢â¬ËCoral IslandÃ¢â¬â¢ is the nobility and courage of Victorian England, that the English are innocent and that they can do nothing wrong. These views are completely turned upside down by Golding in Ã¢â¬ËLord of the FliesÃ¢â¬â¢. I think Golding makes a very clear point that society holds everyone together. Without strong government and rules, mayhem and savagery will thrive, and without policemen and schools men revert to their primitive beginnings as hunters and killers.