As soon as the boys became apart from their parents, they turned wild and began to hav... ... middle of paper ... ...he world what he saw. He showed this in the novel by at first having the boys make a small civilization for themselves on the island, but as the days go on the boys begin to rebel against the rules and their society. They act as savages and become obsessed with killing. They ignore the fact of a possible rescue just for the fascination to hunt and kill for their survival. It appears that Golding is making the statement that humans are not innately moral beings; they naturally hunger for barbarism, violence, and power (Neighbors).
William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of boys who are lost on a deserted island and must do what they can to survive. At the beginning of the novel, two of the boys, Ralph and Jack, become leaders. These differences will form the main conflict in the story. The differences will cause them to hate each other and the anger that results is a recurring part of the plot throughout the novel. These two boys can be compared by the way they change, the reason for their actions, and the way they use or abuse power.
The book Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of young boys stranded on a disserted island. They have power struggles, and eventually break up into two different groups, the savages, and the normal kids. In William Golding’s other writing, “Why Boys Become Vicious”, he describes an event that took place in England. Two ten-year-old boys kidnapped two-year-old James Bulger, and beat him to death for no apparent reason. There are many people who agree with his ontological view but I am not one of them.
At first, being stranded on an uninhabited, tropical islet might sound fun. In the fictional novel, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, however, Golding seeks to “trace the defects of society through the defects in human nature (Epstein 204).” Shortly after arriving, things start to go wrong. Talk of a “beastie” that emerges from the forest or from the ocean at night gives everyone a scare. Then, the group starts to break up, and power goes to the heads of the ‘biguns’ who claim to be leaders. Abruptly, wild urges turn to the murders of two unfortunate boys.
Another one of the boys, Jack, leaves the group to form his own tribe who become more and more violent and obsessed with hunting pigs and "the beast", that they believe lives on the island. Their violence results in the killing of two of the other boys, and at the end of the book they try to kill Ralph before all being rescued by a naval officer. The title of the book comes from an episode where Simon, a shy boy, who is described by the others as "batty" hallucinates that the dead pig's head in front of him is talking to him. The pig's head is surrounded by flies, so Simon calls it the Lord of the Flies. The title could also have another more symbolic meaning, because as time goes on the boys become more like flies themselves.
However, they are eventually divided because of contrasting opinions and begin fighting amongst each other, which causes them to feel the repercussions of their actions. Lives being lost, nature being destroyed, as well as civilization falling, and people losing their innocence and descending into savagery are some of the consequences of war that the boys felt firsthand while on the island. One of the consequences of war is the loss of the value of life that results in the loss of life. In Lord of the Flies, two of the main characters die, Piggy and Simon. As seen in the book, the quote, “Simon’s dead body moved out toward the open sea”, is contributing to the death of Simon (Golding 154).
Will They Survive or Nahhh!! In William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies numerous themes are presented to give us readers something to think about. Despite the fact that the group of boys stranded on the island got saved at the end of the novel, Golding 's main theme is that there is no hope for mankind, and that evil is an inborn trait of mankind. We constantly see this theme throughout the novel when the boys, split into two different tribes, participate in the death of Simon, and lastly we see this when Roger deliberately kills Piggy. In the beginning of the novel, the boys are brought together by the sound of the conch.
In the novel, as the boys’ self-made civilization diminishes and the boys slowly turn to savagery, the conch loses its “power” and influence amongst the boys. Ralph frantically holds onto the shell when he speaks of his role in slaying Simon. Afterwards, the other boys pay no attention to Ralph and throw rocks at him while he tries to blow the conch in the camp Jack has basically taken over. The boulder that Roger pushes onto Piggy also smashes the conch, this signifies that the boys have fully turned into savages as both Piggy and the conch shell were the some of the last few symbols of civilization left on the island. The boys on the island make a signal fire on top of the mountain in order to catch ... ... middle of paper ... ...he one that gave the novel its name.
But then some of the boys begin to turn into savages and people like Jack stop obeying the conch, "And the conch doesn't count at this end of the island"(150). This leads to their civilization falling apart and collapsing. Without civilization there to keep us on the moral path the boys begin to turn evil and savage, they eventually kill Piggy and destroy the conch, the final nail in civilization's coffin. After this symbol is destroyed the boys get more savage and treat Ralph like a pig, "Roger sharpened a stick at both ends"(190). In conclusion, without the conch's authority as a symbol of civilization the boys turn into savages.
Jack represented the wanting for a single, all powerful leader to guide the followers of society using any means he feels necessary. Golding grew up during a time when he was taught to believe that man was good at heart. Books like Tarzan, and Coral island showed him that it was indeed society that was evil and that man was good at heart. These views were demonstrated in some of his earlier writing, but that changed after his experiences in the war. After Golding returned from WWII, he had a different view on man.