Elements of Machiavenialism and Situationism in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

  • Kayode Felix Oyenuga Olabisi Onabanjo University


This essay examines the nature of man within the scope of situational philosophy. It explores the writing of William Golding to subvert intellectual error on racism. Besides, it challenges any claim to absolute moral refinement since existential situation set the stage for the unfolding of man. The radical transformation of Jack Merridew and the situational response of Ralph are used as philosophical base to explain the dynamism of man in the face of changing situation. However, the analysis of some scholars on the black race reveals a fundamental philosophy that misses many fundamental points. This paper therefore advocates an incursion into appropriate political framework and dismissal of race based supremacist philosophy.

Author Biography

Kayode Felix Oyenuga, Olabisi Onabanjo University

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria