In the novel, Lord of the Flies, it is the “beast” which is the most important and symbolic. It remains, whether considered real or imaginary by the boys on the island, a significant ‘being’. William Golding has chosen to personify the evil that is inside human beings, in the beast. The beginnings of the idea of the beast occur, when Ralph, having been chosen by the group of boys as their leader, is now taking on his role, with an increasing confidence. He is assuring the ‘littluns’ that they will ‘have a good time’ on the island. Ralph explains that the island has everything that they could possibly need. At this point, a six year-old boy, distinguished only by a mulberry-coloured birthmark on his face, allows the seeds of apprehension, on the subject of the beast, to be planted in the boys’ minds. The little boy, with the help of Piggy, who encourages him to speak and interprets what he is saying, tells the assembly of boys that he is scared of ‘a snake-thing’. He believes that the beast turns into one of the jungle creepers during the day but becomes a snake or ‘beastie’ at nightfall. Although he tries to comfort the boy, Ralph appears to feel that this is just another childish fear, like a fear of the dark. But towards the end of this scenario, he attempts to dismiss the idea, which will cause the boys, at such an early stage, to feel any anxiety on the island. “But there isn’t a beastie!”
Nevertheless, Ralph’s efforts do not pay off:
‘There was no laughter at all now and more grave watching.’Unfortunately for Ralph, he has lost control, due to the fact that he is powerless to prevent the boys believing in the ‘creature’, though he himself does not firmly believe in the existence of the beast: ‘Ralph was annoyed and, for the moment, defeated.’ At the end of the chapter, as the fire is spreading...
...How is violence presented in Lord of the Flies?
Planning (remember to get quotes):
Setting -> This island -> pathetic fallacy, descriptions
Binary oppositions: Civilisation vs savagery (breakdowns). Zoomorphism
Binary oppositions: Dictatorship vs democracy (juxtapositions)
Deaths of Simon and Piggy – animalistic, savage chanting, violent behaviour when they let their temptations get the better of them.
Simon and the beast?
Conclusion – end of the novel
William Golding explores the theme of violence throughout his novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. He believed that every individual has the potential to bring out their inner evil, and that every human being is flawed in their nature. Hence, he wrote a novel with an aim to employ characterisation of mankind’s essential sickness, after his time spent in war. He also aimed to challenge Ballantyne’s ‘Coral Island’. ‘Lord of the Flies’ presents the helpless and violent breakdown – along with devolution, of civilisation on the island by using authoritative symbolism, metaphorical imagery and biblical references to reinforce this loss of humanity in this corrupt regime.
In the exposition of the novel, we are familiarised with the setting of the island – which begins as a utopia for the boys, with “the shimmering water”. This has paradisiacal connotations, showing the island to be an obvious place of beauty, along...
...truly see honesty as, and that is not being true to other people. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, they have to create a set of rules in which they have to live under. “ We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.” This quote is showing that you have to be honest towards the rules or else society (or the group of children0 will become savage. Also throughout the book you see them slowly ignoring the rules, and while they do that they become more savage and savage. Overall I believe that honesty is a very important trait to have if your trying to function in society because it will help show who you really are as a person.
I think that being hardworking is one of the best traits that a person can have. When I came to believe that hard working is one of the best traits a person can have is when I studied our founding fathers. If they wouldn’t have been hardworking then we might not be here today. I contribute this trait to society by being the hardest working person I can be. ‘’’ A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.’’’ This quote is showing that with out hard work or determination dreams cannot be achieved. It is also showing that if you have a dream, that magic wont help. Only hard work and determination will get you there. In the book Lord of the Flies, piggy is very...
Lord of the Flies chapter 5-8
1.”He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s waking life was spent watching one’s feet”(page 76, line 7)This is great example of author style as it’s a very good sentence that shows his style of writing which is to get the point across very strong as he shows in the quote above, he also makes a very good word choice to describe how Ralph over with astonishment and figured out that everything happens for a reason. After the quote is said by ralph he stops, and remembers that first enthusiastic exploration as though it were part of a brighter childhood then after smiled.
2.”The thing is-fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream. There aren’t any beasts to be afraid of on this island” ( page 82, line 39)As jack said very direct at the kids that were scared of this monster creature thing, he calls them out by after saying “serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!” This is an example of tone as this was happening jack didn’t have the conch so he wasn’t able to talk out loud, but as the story said “Jack took no notice….” So this also tells us that we was very straight forward and at one point yelled to get his point across because as he the only one that wants to kill this creature as the beginning of this story but later on doesn’t believe this monster isn’t real. He is very mad...
...Lord of the Flies:
Good versus Evil
In Lord of the Flies, many times I was amazed how William Golding separated the group of boys on the Island, each both representing two symbols in today’s society. The two symbols that were most present throughout the book were good and evil. The good represent in the book was by Ralph, Simon, and Piggy; and Jack and the other boys who followed behind him while stranded on the island represented the bad. As I was reading the book many questions popped into my head as far as what is good and what is evil? Many people debate about the topic for centuries in which one great example is the Bible’s interpretation. All over the world many people debate on their religion’s beliefs and question what is good, what is evil, and how do we know that we are doing the right thing in some difficult situations. We could debate for years on end without ever reaching a conclusion. But however, many people agree that every person has inherent two sides; one side that is good; and one side that is evil. In this sense of inherent good and evil in every human Golding tried to warn many people who read the novel to protect society from the evil side that we all contain.
William Golding in the novel really exaggerated the fact that the boys on the island, like any other person, inherent good and evil. In the beginning of the novel, the book explains the boys are sophisticated and well-mannered...
19 April 2013
Lord of the Flies: Structured by Religion
Human nature is a very recognized and popular topic, especially among those seeking a more profound perspective on life’s deeper meaning. A matter such as human nature cannot be considered without the mention of the infamous novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. The question, of course, stands as: What is true human nature and how does it affect mankind? The answer is purely subjective, but most opinions are supported with truths and evidence that cannot be ignored. Lord of the Flies is notable for its persuasive point of view that human nature is one of evil and savage behavior. However, it is the way that William Golding creates this message that is so memorable, unique, and valid. Golding uses a familiar interest to appeal to all readers – religion. Religion is the essence of human nature and is key in any argument regarding the matter, making Lord of the Flies relevant in any time era. While not everybody identifies themselves as religious, religion is a subject that has become known across the globe through generations of traditions and history. Golding shared a view point with Christianity and used its beliefs to structure a novel of his own and to stimulate the readers into seeing human nature the way he does, which is a state of truculence. William...
...The Evolution of Innate Evil of Mankind
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, one of the most important aspects of the novel is that humans are essentially barbaric, if not downright evil. Lord of the Flies is not simply a book about outward conflict between individuals. It is, rather, a novel about one's inner being. When the formerly-civilized British boys of Golding's novel are stranded on a desert island and must fight for survival, many of them surrender to the "Beast." The stranded boys begin by establishing a society similar to the one they left behind in England. Soon their society has degenerated into rival clans ruled by fear and violence. William Golding's Lord of the Flies allegorically shows the good and evil that co-exists in every human being. Each character and symbol renders this possible by what it represents. Ralph and Jack allegorically represent opposing political forces: Jack as the dictator and Ralph as the exemplar of a democratic leader. The island represents the archetypal garden and the conch shell represents power. Golding uses British schoolboys to show progressive degeneration and to prove that a little bit of evil exists in all of us; each of these symbols aid in proving that we all have some evil in our hearts. Golding’s Lord of the Flies is an allegory which teaches that man is innately evil and over time, this evil will...
...Symbolism in The Novel Lord of the Flies
The novel Lord of the flies by William Goulding, Is about a plane load of British school boys that crash land on an uninhabited island, with no adults, in 1954 while being sent to safety from an atomic bomb threat. They elected one of the older boys, Ralph as the leader. They begin their society on the island with some order, over time, many of the boys’, Jack especially, rebel, Jack forms his own tribe of savages, who light the island on fire causing total chaos. This essay will prove Goulding uses object people and places to symbolize man’s desire for order and equal desire for chaos.
Object in Lord of the Flies are used successfully to symbolize man’s desire for both order and chaos. The conch represents order, democracy and authority. At the start of their society the conch is used to call assemblies, “The toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch” (Goulding 18). This symbolizes man’s desire for order. The conch represent democracy because whomever was holding them conch was elected the leader, showing order. The conch is colorful in the beginning, “Deep Cream, touch with faded pink” (11). As the order fades, so does the conch, “Piggy lifted the white, magic shell” (200), and “The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments” (200). “There was no solemn assembly for debate nor dignity of the conch.” (218) the conch is gone and so is...
Hervey Allen once said “Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages.” In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding this message is portrayed through Jack’s actions and how those actions affect the boys. Jack begins as a civilized boy that previewed the threat of destruction among the boys on the island. As Jack becomes more savage and consumed with hunting, he symbolizes the deterioration of their civilization.
As the boys experience their first few days of isolation on the island many of them are worried about the fact no adults were with them. On the other hand, Jack was more worried about choosing a leader; he demanded that he “ought to be chief… because [he] was chapter chorister and head boy” (22). While this displays the civilization Jack still carries with him, it also highlights his arrogance and craving for power. One could infer that when Ralph was voted chief, there would be conflict and a power struggle between him and Jack since Jack was so set on being in charge. Jack’s determination to get power previews the destruction soon to come among the boys however, Jack’s civilization was still present early on with the matter of the pig. When the boys came across the pig they all realized what they were about to do and with that realization Jack’s “face [went] white under [his] freckles. He noticed that he still held the knife aloft and brought his arm down, replacing the blade in the sheath”...