Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Corey Noble Pre AP English II 23 September 2011 Analytical Essay: Lord of the Flies Since the beginning of time and recorded history, humans have had constant strife with the concept of morality. With transcendental skill, the ongoing struggles of the human race are addressed in the novel Lord of the Flies, which chronicles the survival of a group of castaways, their lasting hardships, and the ever present internal battle between good and evil. In the masterpiece Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses a combination of characterization and symbolism to convey the existence of righteousness and malevolence in the world. Foremost Golding employs various devices in the characterization of the principals in the novel, to assert their specific role in the plot. Golding, on several occasions throughout the text, alludes to the Bible, to characterize Simon and portray his savior-like role. For example, when Simon “pulled off the choicest [fruit] from the foliage and passed them back down to the endless outstretched hands” (Golding 56), Golding is alluding to the Bible to directly connect Simon to Jesus Christ in the “Miracle of the Five Loaves and Two Fish”, in which Jesus feeds five thousand needy vagabonds. The juxtaposition of Simon and Jesus Christ in this specific allusion suggests the charitable and compassionate nature of Simon. The aforementioned allusion makes an acute appeal to the reader to ascertain that Simon is the island’s only parallel to peace, and ultimately rectitude. In addition, Golding alludes to the Bible, to give Simon a prophet-like role. During the heat of discussion about the island’s infamous “beastie”, “Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness…’What I mean is…What if it’s [The Beast] only us!’” (Golding 89). Here, the author has made Simon internalize certain qualities of his probable

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