Lord of the Flies Essay

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The Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, details the story of a group of schoolboys stranded on a deserted tropical island and their struggle between the choice of savagery or civilization. As I read through the text I realised that the word ‘beast’ appears quite often, Golding has used that word to introduce a mysterious character to build up tension. “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” this phrase alerts us how uncivilised to teens have become. It also displays us how desperate they are to kill the creature. As the pace grew more and more frantic and the thunderstorm above rose in fury, Simon suddenly appeared from the forest, his voice is drowned out by their chanting and, knocked to the ground; Simon is stabbed by their spears, mistaken for the beast. The event is described almost as if the boys were animals or beasts themselves: "There were no words and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws." At last they back off and see Simon's dead body in the sand, recognizing who he is. Simultaneously the wind breaks the pilot's body free from the mountaintop, dragging it down through the circle of boys on the beach and out to sea, scattering them in all directions, driven by fear. The wind carried it out over the reef and out to sea. Shortly after, with the rain stopped, the night stars reflect down into the sea, and "The water rose farther and dressed Simon's coarse hair with brightness. The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculptured marble”. Using this quote the writer is referring to Jesus by saying he becomes perfect. “Busied themselves around his head” this is the way the author described Simon having a halo around his head. The writer has also informed us how the soul of Simon leaves the body by saying “the body lifted a fraction of an inch from the sand and a bubble of air escaped from the

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