The Fictional Explosion: Lord of the Flies and The Inheritors
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Given the complexity of Golding's thought, his need to express some fundamental statement about the nature of man in tangible terms, and his tendency to use sharply defined polarities to generate his ideas, his placement of his first two novels as intellectual responses to particular targets is not surprising. His religious impulse requires a heresy or an evil to excoriate; the pressure of his carefully shaped and internal fiction gains its force in reaction against some widely shared or familiar concept. Both the first two novels focus on their targets explicitly: Lord of the Flies on R. M. Ballantyne's 1857 novel The Coral Island, The Inheritors on H. G. Wells's Outline of History.
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