Lord of the Flies Essay

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William Golding has a sinister thought of humans. In this novel, he shows his dim view. The civilisation in the novel drops and drops. They become more savage by the day! A lot of the boys become more evil by the second! The main concern in, “The Lord Of The Flies,” Is the conflict between the two competing factors that exists in all human beings. The lifestyle of living by rules, act peacefully and have safe and secure commands or to seize supremacy (power). This conflict might be expressed in a number of ways: civilization vs. savagery, order vs. Chaos and reason vs. Impulse. But the main factor is good vs. evil! The young boys were English gentry boys who had an advantage in life. This shows that William Golding believes that no matter where you’re from, or how good your upbringing was you can still become abhorrent barbaric savages! As the book progresses, Golding shows how different people feel the influences of the instincts of civilization and savagery to different degrees. Piggy, for instance, has no savage feelings, while Roger seems barely capable of comprehending the rules of civilization. This idea of human evil is crucial to the novel, it finds its expression in several significant symbols, most notably the beast and the sow’s head on the stake (“The Lord Of The Flies.”) Among all the characters, only Simon seems to possess a natural goodness. He is a, “Jesus figure,” and Roger is a, “Devil figure.” As the boys on the island progress from well-behaved, civilised children longing for rescue to cruel, bloodthirsty hunters who have no desire to return to civilization, they naturally lose the sense of innocence that they possessed at the beginning of the novel. The painted savages in Chapter 12 who have hunted, tortured, and killed animals and human beings are a far cry from the children swimming in the lagoon in Chapter 3. Many people characterized

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