Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel that represents a microcosm of society in a tale about children stranded on an island. Of the group of young boys there are two who want to lead for the duration of their stay, Jack and Ralph. Through the opposing characters of Jack and Ralph, Golding reveals the gradual process from democracy to dictatorship from Ralph's democratic election to his lack of law enforcement to Jack's strict rule and his violent law enforcement.
The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding used a group of British boys beached on a deserted island to illustrate the malicious nature in mankind. Lord of the Flies dealt with the changes the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to the freedom from their society. William Golding's basic philosophy that man was inherently evil was expressed in such instances as the death of Simon, the beast within the boys, and the way Ralph was fervently hunted.
“... Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart and the fall through of the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy”(202). The evil that is innate in which is repressed in the bodies of humans are bound by the rules of society. When one is liberated from the restriction rules brought, it results in a free spirited person who cannot feel any remorse for their new excitement that is shunned by the taboo of the old life. People who liberate their repressions become savages as a result. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, a group of British boys attempt to recreate society when their plane crashes onto a deserted island, during the midst of WWll. As time passes, the civilized morales becomes destroyed, a rivalry between Ralph and
Lord of the Flies by William Golding was novel about a group of English schoolboys who got stranded on an island with no adults, fending for themselves. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, they had to start building a little community by electing a leader, making shelters, and finding food. Ralph was the leader of the kids since he was the oldest and strongest. Each boy represented something different whether it was wisdom, reason or truth. Golding wanted to portray that all human beings are savage by nature, and are moved by urges toward brutality and dominance over others.
Looking at Lord of the Flies by William Golding, readers may notice both good and evil in each character. Golding wrote this novel to demonstrate that humans are evil and requires the constraints of society to maintain social order but Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s philosophy states that a person is naturally good but is corrupted by society. Taking place during World War II, Golding’s novel is centered around a group of British boys between the ages of six and twelve whose plane was shot down and were left to survive on an island. While on this island – away from the laws of England and the rules of the school – the boys had the freedom to act however their hearts desired but most of the boys became savage and violent proving Golding’s belief, that the evil of a person is kept in order by the restrictions of society, to be true. Rousseau’s belief is defined by the term the state of nature, which in this case, is hypothetical.
Katherine Paterson once said, “To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” William Golding, who is a Nobel Prize winner for literature, writes Lord of the Flies, originally published in 1954. Golding’s novel is about a group of boys who crash land on an island. All of the adults are dead and they are abandoned on an island. The boys try to set rules and create a fire in efforts of being rescued. The group of boys chooses Ralph to be their leader. This choosing makes a literary character named Jack, who doesn’t show his anger until half way through the plot. The novel shows the nature of humans and how fear can control them. The novel also shows the difference between good and evil. Golding experienced this when he was in World War II. There were many times fear controlled the boys in the island in Lord of the Flies.
At a skim through William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the reader discovers an adventurous story of English schoolboys stranded on an uninhabited island, while in further inspection, the novel is a story based on Golding’s views on human nature. Without contextual analysis, Lord of the Flies is simply about the English boys who crash on the island during evacuation from war and realize that there are no adults to manage them. Their immediate societal instinct is to form a government and order, but after being stranded for too long, the societal influences wither away until the boys become savages, separating into tribes that fight amongst themselves. The island represents a place without social restraints where the characters are fully able to delve into their state of nature. They are without friends, family, religion, and a structured law and justice system; all they have is language that allows them to manifest themselves into a state of nature. The novel portrays an experiment with an independent linguistic variable that subjects the boys to evolve. The experiment may be slightly skewed due to the fact that the boys once existed in a structured society, although, it provides insight that no matter how manicured a society is, it will always revert to the state of nature when given the chance. Lord of the Flies is truly not about the adventures of boys, but their actions that mimic the larger world where war has dominated civilization. Objects like the conch, Piggy’s glasses, the fire, and the beast each represents a defining character of mankind. In the Lord of the Flies, the conch, glasses, fire, and beast symbolically represent elements of the real world; characters represent different parts of existing humanity and recurring...
In conclusion, Lord of the Flies by William Golding conveys the id and the super-ego to the extreme in Jack and Piggy. Throughout the story, we see the difference in moral values between Piggy and Jack. The conch shell becomes a fundamental object that governs the boys and is constantly brought up by Piggy and neglected by Jack. The novel thoroughly supports Freud's theory that all humans have instincts to do horrible acts, but they may or may not be able to control
William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The flies’ presents us with a group of English boys who are isolated on a desert island, left to try and retain a civilised society. In this novel Golding manages to display the boys slow descent into savagery as democracy on the island diminishes.
The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of boys that were on a plane crash in the 1940’s in a nuclear War. The plane is shot down and lands on a tropical island. Some boys try to function as a whole group but see obstacles as time goes on. The novel is about civilization and social order. There are three older boys, Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, that have an effect on the group of younger boys. The Main character Ralph, changes throughout the novel because of his role of leadership and responsibility, which shapes him into a more strict but caring character as the group becomes more uncivilized and savage