Lord of the Flies Essay

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According to Webster’s dictionary, temptation is define as, “to try to persuade someone to do something which will involve him in a sinful or wrongful act.” In William Golding’s, The Lord of the Flies, the author demonstrates through the boys’ actions how easily it is to fall into temptation and perform evil actions while on the island. The author uses religious symbolism/imagery throughout his novel to help illustrate the three examples. They are (1) most of the boys’ values and morals become corrupt and evil and they end up killing Simon. However, Simon remains true to “society values”, just like Noah and the Greatflood (2) the boys are not satisfied with the food they have and go hunting for more. This is very similar to Eve in the Garden of Eden and (3) Lord of the Flies tries to tempt Simon just like Satan tempted Jesus. In “The Living Bible”, Genesis 6 verses 8, 9 and 10 state, “But Noah was a pleasure to the Lord. He was the only true righteous man living on the earth at that time. He tried constantly to conduct his affairs according to God’s will”. Also in verses 12 and 13 it says, “As God observed how bad it was and saw that all mankind was inhuman and depraved …” This was very similar to Simon on the island. Simon demonstrated values and morals such as kindness and caring, as he would back in society. He stayed pure to his spiritual views, therefore staying pure to himself. However, many of the boys turned away from values and became primitive. They painted their faces and let their image become savage and eventually killing Simon. “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now- and the ship had gone.” (page.98) Satan is very clever; he tries to confuse people in thinking evil looks good. In “The Living Bible”, Genesis 3 verse 1, indicates, “The Serpent was the craftiest of

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