Lord of the Flies Theme Analysis

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Jack Drake Mrs. Hampton English 12 1 May 2014 Lord of the Flies Analysis Lord of the Flies was written in 1954 about a group of children whose plane crashed on a deserted island and they lost all order and civilization and turned to savagery. The novel is very popular even today because of how well written it is and the themes that are still relevant today. In William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” the author uses characterization, symbolism, allusion; proving that human nature is naturally sinful. There are three main boys in the novel that can teach us about man is naturally sinful through the characterization that was developed over the plot of Lord of the Flies. Ralph is the main character and represents order; he is tall with dark hair and is twelve years old. His name, Ralph, means “counsel” which is fitting because that is what he is to the rest of the boys (Kopp). In the beginning of the book Ralph was elected the leader because he placed a high value on order and the other boys trusted him. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 137). Golding placed important on Ralph’s innocence and the value he placed on good. Opposite of Ralph is Jack who is the main example of evil in the book and is the perfect example of how man is naturally sinful. He breaks off and forms his own group of boys because he is mad about Ralph being the leader and desires more power. Jack is the representation of Satan and has no moral compass to live by (Kopp). “Jack was tall, thin, and bony...his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was...freckled, and ugly without silliness” (Golding 19). His physical description is fitting because his dark hair represents his dark heart and he is ugly like the evil deeds he performs. The other boys do not follow Jack as a leader
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