Lotf Essay

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LORD OF THE FLIES PRACTICE ATB The novel Lord of the Flies (LOTF) written by William Golding is about a group of boys who survive through a plane crash and land in an unknown island during the period of WWII. The use of themes throughout the text are used to teach us about humanity. Golding effectively uses themes to teach us about the many negatives of humanity. Some of these are the violence and savagery released by greed, the loss of innocence of children and the fatal consequences of removing law and order from a community. Humans often resort to violence and savagery due to their own greed. This is shown in LOTF when Jack comes back from hunting and has his argument with Ralph about the priorities of living on the island. “We [Jack] want meat.’ ‘Well, we haven’t got any yet. And we want shelters.’ Jack only wants to have meat and enjoy his stay on the island while Ralph knows what the priorities are for them to get off the unknown island and be able to survive with the necessities of survival. In the same argument Ralph says, “You wouldn’t care to help with the shelters, I suppose?’, ‘We want meat.’… Now the antagonism was audible.” In this quote, Golding is trying to express that Jack’s greed of meat and food is taking over his sense of survival on the island. The metaphor used in the quote is proving that Ralph is the ‘protagonist’ and Jack is the ‘antagonist’ and that that was becoming extremely obvious now due to the greed for food. Also Jack takes a few people to hunt but as a consequence the fire is let out. “You let the fire out.’ Jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him. ‘We can light the fire again…’ ‘You let the fire out…’ ‘The fire’s only been out an hour or two. We can light it up again.” This quote demonstrates the greed and arrogance of Jack and his friends. They went to hunt for a pig instead of

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