To illustrate and provide sufficient proof of his ideal, Golding presents the novel through 3rd person allowing him to control what we see and how we should interpret it; reinforcing the point he is trying to communicate. Probably the most significant and most relevant symbol used by Golding, is the enigma of the ‘Beast’. Although many of the boys on the island believe in the existence of ‘the beast,’ it is not a real creature that can be hunted and killed, rather it is present inside their hearts and personalities, and always has been. But only Piggy and Simon are civil and wise enough to realize that and they constantly voice that truth throughout the novel. For instance when Simon says “What if there is a beast…Maybe it’s only us.” However, both boys are ignored and both end up killed by the beast that exists within the savages.
Also, even though Ralph’s intentions of getting rescued are good, he does not have total control of the boys. Evidence of this is when Ralph cannot settle the boys after suggesting a fire be made and the boys start to get excited “A fire! Make a fire!”(37) and “Come on! Follow me!”(37). In conclusion, Ralph’s irresponsibility portrays the negative leadership in the Lord of the Flies that would result into the movement
Lastly, I think Ralph had the best idea about the beast. He convinced himself that there is no beast, but is not sure. He calls meetings to talk about it and find solutions. He explains to the other people on their level; he says that he too, is scared. This is the best way to go because instead of becoming slaves of fear, he tries to help the boys resolve their problem.
It was important because it was the one thing on the island that brought order and respect to the boy that held it. Even though Ralph was not truly the most suitable boy to be the leader of the tribe, he was eager to have an opportunity of leadership. The problem was that he was selected purely based on his charisma and aura. This charisma was something that Ralph possessed; however, Piggy, the true leader, did not posses it. Thus, Piggy represented the inequality of man that Rousseau describes in his essay.
"-Simon This is when we first see the phrase 'mankind's essential illness' as a thought of Simons; showing his understanding of the matter is far superior to his age. Simon proposes this during a meeting discussing the beast. Interruptions from the other boys for the source of the beast start to spring up however Simon is the only one who perceives this beast not as an alleged monster of reality, but rather an 'essential' ingredient in every humans mind. These words reiterate Golding's themes of potential evil and loss of innocence without civilisation. Although Simon is still inarticulate in his thoughts and does not fully understand himself, he is the only one that grasps the true character of the beast-
Later in their friendship, we start to see that Lord Henry is merely stirring thoughts that Dorian already had inside of himself and was just afraid to let them be known. Lord Henry is also the person that leads Dorian into his New Hedonistic ways. It’s relevant that Dorian becomes aware of the new Hedonism in chapter 2 when Lord Henry says, “No, you don’t feel it now…there is absolutely nothing in the world but youth!” Dorian starts to realize that he is a good-looking man and he should start to take advantage of it. Dorian Gray’s eyes become further open to the New Hedonism when Lord Henry begins to say that the only good thing to do is seek out the pleasures in life and to not live by morality. One should do what ever one thinks feels is good.
Most importantly, Jack's disrespect towards the other boys makes him fearful to the others, and therefore the boys feel obligated to follow his orders if they want to avoid consequences. "'The thing is --- fear can't hurt you any more than a dream. There aren't any beasts to be afraid of on this island.... Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!" (Golding 82).
Dictatorship however is immoral and prejudiced. While Ralph tries to create a democratic civilization on the island, Jack tries to become a dictator. The struggle between right and wrong are pushed to their boundaries, pitting Ralph and Jack against one another to prove their points and become the ‘Lord of the Flies’. Democracy is the more morally correct approach to ruling the island, giving everyone a say in his or her own survival. Ralph takes a very democratic approach to his leadership responsibilities.
1. Who: Ralph and Jack 2. What: Fight for control of island community When: During WWII Where: Unknown Island Why: both boys want control of community in order to survive How: Everyone is left alone with no rules and infinite amount of freedom. therefore they have conflicting ways of control. 4C. The Subject of Order vs Chaos is somewhat of a cliche topic found in everything.
This story is classic for the moral issues that the people were facing at the time. They wanted to ask questions of humans and the world but were worried about upsetting the religious leaders. Dr. Faustus struggles with wanting everything he could ask for and answer all of God’s marvels of the world, however, when he had the chance all he could do was play pranks. Initially, this shows great strength on his part but in the end he lacked inner strength to finish his mission almost going crazy. He