The Lord Of The Flies Critical Lense Essay

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The beliefs of human beings are not influenced by their surroundings but of their own thoughts and ambitions. The pressures of society shouldn’t change the true character of a person. Of the wise words of Buddha, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, which lures him to evil ways.” This quote proves to be accurate. These ideas are supported by William Golding in the novel The Lord of the Flies and in the poem “Sad but True” by Metallica. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of British school boys who become stranded on an island after a plane crash. They live in paradise until human nature takes over and democracy fails which makes many of the boys turn savage and fight amongst each other. Golding uses literary elements to show “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, which lures him to evil ways.” The first literary device that proves this quote true is motif. Jack and his hunters became obsessed with the act of killing the pig because they were obsessed with the act of savagery and brutality. They weren’t just killing for the survival and/or by the fact that they felt threatened by the pig. They were killing just to kill. The pig brought out the inner savagery and evil that the boys’ mind’s already contained. For instance, the boys slaughtered a nursing sow. The killing of the sow is inhumane, cruel, and brutal in many ways. Any bit of innocence they had left vanished and they gave in to their own savage ways. The second literary device that proves this quote is symbolism. The beast symbolizes how the boys can take something that they created in their own minds and turn it into evil. There wasn’t any physical threat to the boys on the island, nor was there any real enemy. All the boys did was make up their own threat just to have an excuse to kill. The beast brought out the evil that was already located inside the boys’ minds.

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