Primitivism in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

  • Namiq Othman Baker Department of English / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences / Koya University
Keywords: Primitivism, William Golding, Lord of the Flies


This paper deals essentially with William Golding's masterpiece Lord of the Flies (1954), tackling an issue that is highly significant to the thematic structure of the novel; namely, primitivism. Humanity freedom is based on the human nature after freeing itself from all the binds and rules leading to downfall and to savagery. 

The paper falls into two main parts, besides the introductory and concluding sections. After introducing William Golding (1911-1993) as a modern British novelist, it presents the subject of man torn between two contradictory states, a civilized and an evil character in Golding's Lord of the Flies. Struggle is masterfully shown to be the point that marks the transition from man's seeming innocence to his horrible reality as a savage, evil creature.


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How to Cite
Baker N. Primitivism in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. JAHS [Internet]. 27Dec.2018 [cited 10Jul.2020];22(6):229 -36. Available from: