idyllspace:

theubergrump:

I keep seeing stuff about Lord of the Flies going around

Obviously, the individual experiences of the people making the posts - re: teachers, lessons, the way they were forced to study the book - aren’t up for debate

but like, I feel that people might not have the whole story here and as someone who knows far too much about literature, I wanted to talk about it a little

Sir William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies in response to an earlier novel called The Coral Island. In The Coral Island, a small group of upper-class British boys from a boarding school get stranded on an island and have an absolutely wonderful time. They look back on it as a fond adventure, where they had a little vacation, invented things, and generally made their well-bred high society English parents proud.

Sir William Golding read that novel and was disgusted by the way that R. M. Ballantyne used the plot as a huge essay on the superior intellect and higher morality of English folk (read: white people). The boys in The Coral Island eventually have to seek the aid of Christian missionaries (who are there to convert the local Polynesian populace) to save them from the natives who are written as raping pillaging amoral cannibals.

Sir William Golding set out to write a more realistic novel, by the way, using the same names for his main characters as Ballantyne did (although Golding’s characters are slightly younger). So, all the posts about Lord of the Flies showing the “human condition” insofar as it pertains to young middle-class British boys who grew up in a boarding house in the middle of the Cold War are correct. But I get the feeling that most people don’t realize that was the point of the novel.

Lord of the Flies was meant as a huge “fuck you” to the ingrained belief that English people are the most noble and wise of all people and thus incapable of descending into savagery. I doubt it was ever meant to be a sweeping generalized metaphor for the universal savage nature of humanity, and shame on the teachers who force that interpretation on their students.

So, really, Golding essentially created a transformative works remix of The Coral Island because it made him so angry.

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confusementation:

dear-travis:

I can only hope to be this cool when I get old as balls.

Agreed

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joan watson + smash!

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"Don’t let anyone, even your parents, break you. Find good people who care about you and surround yourself with just them. If you can’t find them at first, find good music and fall into it and let it hold you until they come."

— Davey Havok (via unraveledartists)

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smileywho:

wafflesforstephanie:

miss-love:

I just want to bring this backwhile we’re pretending girls in nerd culture don’t have it bad
NATALIE PORTMAN was accused of being a “fake nerd girl”THIS IS HOW FAR THE IGNORANCE GOESIT GOES THIS FAR 

Always reblog

Forever reblog. Nerd girls unite!

smileywho:

wafflesforstephanie:

miss-love:

I just want to bring this back
while we’re pretending girls in nerd culture don’t have it bad

NATALIE PORTMAN was accused of being a “fake nerd girl”
THIS IS HOW FAR THE IGNORANCE GOES
IT GOES THIS FAR 

Always reblog

Forever reblog. Nerd girls unite!

kyrafic:

"Never did like that much," is a baller and superb way to express your irritation with the way the patriarchy refuses to acknowledge how badass you are.

kyrafic:

"Never did like that much," is a baller and superb way to express your irritation with the way the patriarchy refuses to acknowledge how badass you are.

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Elim Garak & Julian Bashir: Seasons 1-3

"Perhaps they decided they just didn’t like me?"
"Not like you? Impossible.”

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stjimmyjazz:

butterscotchcreys:

wytchprincess:

gender-inverse big bang theory with a bunch of smart girls who act condescending to their hot male neighbor

     

If this was the show, I would actually watch The Big Bang Theory

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kendrawcandraw:

callipygianology:

 I’ve  never seen these all together, so I thought I’d put them in a photoset. Made by the fantastic Kendra Wells on the Toast.

Thank you for collecting them all! Yup, these are mine, more to come soon. :)

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WELL HELLO

THAT’S A LOT OF NEW FOLLOWERS

HI GUYS

Kindly direct your attention to what I’m about and who else you should get to know.

How are you today?

marukobott:

if i ever misgender you:

  1. it is not on purpose i promise
  2. im very sorry
  3. tell me your correct pronouns and ill use them
  4. spray me with cold water

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parker, you have parker? is there somebody better? no, but parker is insane.

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f1ipster:

seerofdoom:

hashtagsmores:

i’m in love

There are no Deadpool cosplayers. Deadpool sometimes just breaks the 4th wall to show up at conventions.

reblogging again because of the waldo gif

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