Lord of the Flies

In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, group of kids are on a plane when it crashes, which leaves them stranded on an Island that is unknown. These children, including Ralph, Piggy, Jack, Simon, Maurice, Roger, and more, decide to form a society, of which holds a group of hunters, a chief, and people who are to keep the fire going at all times as a signal. Ralph Is chosen as chief. Jack Is a hunter along with others. However, when Jack and others begin to question Ralph, and disagree with him, things begin to take a turn for the worst.

Jack decides to go off on his own, and whoever else will join him. Jacks priority was to have fun, while Ralphs was to be rescued. One strong follower of Ralphs, one of the purest boys on the island, Simon, had a conversation with “The Lord of Flies”, or the pig’s head. It reveals to the reader that there is something inside all of the other boys that he cannot escape, and nor can anyone else. The question Is though, what does this conversation really mean? The Pig’s head was referring to himself being the one they cannot escape.

The head epresents evil, and the reason why The Head said Simon was not wanted, was because Simon Is purest of all the boys, he represents a Christ figure, and The Head is the evil within them, or a devil figure. The “Beast” in the story is also a very symbolic figure. The boys on the island all believe that this beast is an unfriendly being that lingers on the Island, out to get them. The boys were right about the beast in some ways, it is a dark figure that will get them, however it’s not in a physical form.

Simon was the first boy who had this Idea, the Idea that the beast Is themselves. Simon was also the first boy to die on the island, when the evil started to overtake the boys, other than Ralph. Ralph was one boy who did not seek to kill, but only protect himself and his few followers until rescue. Ralph was a symbol of Christ. Jack. however, was the boy who was out to kill. He was a symbol of the devil. Nor-I, when did this evil come Into play? Was It when Simon had the conversation with The Lord of Flies?

No, you begin to see the darkness within the boys almost right into the story, when they’ve caught a pig. In chapter four, page sixty nine of the story, Jack and is hunters run up to Ralph excitedly, ranting about how they’ve caught a pig. how they circled around it, trapping it in one spot, how they crept closer and closer to the pig, how it squealed when they cut It. Jack eagerly explained to Ralph how he cut Its throat, how much blood there was, and how proud of It all he was. All of the hunters were.

They buzzed with excitement at the mere mention of this event. The satisfaction the boys received from the reaction of the pig was sadistic. They even created a song; Kill the pig, cut her throat, spill her blood. It’s one thing to kill to survive, but It’s a whole different one to enjoy the gruesome details of how they did It. One boy on the island, Piggy, was also a Christ figure. Piggy was the voice of reason, or the voice of peace. Many of the other boys’ judgments were clouded, but Piggys was not because of his specs.

In the book they were normal glasses to help him see, 1 however the idea behind them is to show that his spec’s would help him to see things more clearly in a sense of what’s right and wrong as well. Piggys Specs were also used as a symbol of power. The boys used his specs to start fires, which in turn would keep the “night things” away. Jack being a fgure of the devil, or evil, was of course lustful for power, and control, and so he stole piggys specs, and Ralphs hope of ever being rescued, allowing the dark side of the island to take over.

Overall, In Lord of the Flies, Golding demonstrates the idea that when human beings are left with no limitations, rules, or expectations formed by society, a darkness that lives down within will dominate a human’s existence, and take over that person ntirely. Allowing their natural selves to do whatever they please, which could mean, violence, torture, and murder toward another being of any kind.


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