Lord of the Flies Essay

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“Hereby it is a manifest, that during the time man live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war…” This quote, from the 16th century philosopher, Hobbes, states that mankind is naturally evil. Moreover, Hobbes believes that without a leader, everything would be chaos. For example, in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, there are many prime examples of Hobbes’ theory. The novel’s plot involves a group of English school boys who become stranded on a deserted island, but arrive in a good state of mind. As the novel progresses, the boys become chaotic after not having a dependable leader. William Golding also uses many symbols to demonstrate the evil and chaos which is shown throughout his novel. “And another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once. We’ll have to have ‘Hands up’ like at school.’ He held the conch before his face and glanced around the mouth. ‘Then I’ll give him the conch,’ ‘The conch?’ That’s what the shell is called. I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking” This quote, from the novel, Lord of the Flies is referring to the symbol, the conch. The conch symbolizes order and civilized ways. When all of the boys first arrive on the island, they look put together. Their appearance and their manner of speaking are civilized. They then come up with the idea of the conch. Throughout the book, the reader can see their civilized ways start to digress. When Piggy is crushed by the boulder, the conch shatters along with him. This symbolizes that the boy’s need for order and civilization is completely gone. This is one of the many symbols Golding used throughout the novel. Golding’s use of characters in his novel, Lord of the Flies, shows his beliefs on society and civilization. His opinions seem to correspond with the beliefs of the 16th

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