Lord of the Flies Allegory Paper

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Lord of the Flies as an Allegory to the Fall of Man Many times, we see that authors have used allegories in literature, not only because they supply good backbone and structure to create a story upon, but because they help to relay history to a younger generation in a way that is interesting and stimulating. This also serves as a reality check to an older audience that has strayed from the morals and values enshrined in the original story. More than any other, we see that these allegories are slightly abstract retellings of passages taken from the Bible. To be an allegory, however, a novel cannot simply draw a moral from the Bible, or any other work, and embellish upon it, but instead it must match in every symbolic way to the piece which it represents. This is the case in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies in relation to the Fall of Man depicted in Genesis 3:1-24 of the Bible. Golding takes this passage which lies heavy on ideas such as consequence, innocence, and the manifestation of the tragic flaw in man, and applies it to his modern fictional Bildungsroman, telling of boys trapped on a deserted island. The characterization, as well as the setting of Lord of the Flies relate to that of the Fall of Man in that the characters of both are almost completely innocent, naïve beings. They, having no existence in the real world beforehand, are abruptly placed in a foreign setting that is in every account, a utopia. The island of Lord of the Flies is described in a mystical way, never displeasing, as one might expect through the eyes of its prisoners. Since these characters have not previously had the burden of learning the lessons of life, they are at a loss being placed on their own. It would appear that both stories’ characters have the necessities of life laid out before them, and that they can easily sustain a life for themselves for the foreseeable future,
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