In conclusion, this whole novel is based on good versus evil. The symbolism in the novel helps to portray that as much as possible, with the conch and Ralph, Piggy, and Simon representing the “good,” and the sow’s head and Jack and his hunters representing the “evil.” One of the main themes of The Lord of the Flies is man’s inhumanity to man. It is also compared to the book of Genesis in the Bible. This novel deals with all the corruption in the world, and no matter whom you are, while reading it, you can always relate it to real life situations. Works Cited http://plmartinwrite.blogspot.com/2009/10/lord-of-flies.html http://pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monkeynotes/pmLordFlies30.asp http://bookstove.com/classics/good-vs-evil-in-lord-of-the-flies/
Some people are aware of their own evil, and know how to control themselves, while others have no idea. Whether or not one knows about their own evil, they can always see it in others. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding shows how humans all have their own evil. Golding uses the symbols of the final fire, Castle Rock and the painted faces to illustrate that underneath the thin layer of veneer of civilization, man is a beast. Firstly, the final fire on the island represents how the ego drives the evil that is actually inside every human.
Use of Allegory and Symbols in William Goldging's Lord of the Flies William Golding's Lord of the Flies allegorically shows the good and evil that co-exists in every human being. Each character and symbol renders this possible by what it represents. Ralph and Jack allegorically represent opposing political forces: Jack as the dictator or fascist and Ralph as the prototype of a democratic leader. The island represents the archetypal garden and the conch shell represents power. Golding uses British schoolboys to show progressive degeneration and to prove that a little bit of evil exists in all of us.
His leadership depends on in the ability to threaten and frighten those under him. His victory over piggy represents the triumph of violence over intellect, his knife represents death and destruction. It is through jack we see Brutality and savagery. Piggy is a typical obese young boy with brains, but in more he can be seen as a boy with civilised and scientific mind. His scientific mind can be seen when he talks about the beast: “ I know there isn’t not beast- not with claws and all that…'; It is through Piggy we see victimisation/prejudice.
Jack`s face painting influences the boys to such an extreme that they lose their individuality alongside with their ability to make civilized decisions. He takes it a step farther by re-enacting the killing by substituting the pigs with real people. Jack’s sadistic side is visible, as he finds pleasure by killing and harming. Since the beginning Jack had been envious of Ralph`s position and greedy for power, and in order to satisfy his desire... ... middle of paper ... ...the unthinkable. William Golding Lord of the Flies articulates the idea evil residing within every human through three characters.
But since Jack was given the role of the id, he had to be evil and teach the boys what it is like to be evil and do evil thing. This is Golding’s was of saying that every human has some evil inside of them and there’s no one without evil. Almost all of the characters show some sign of evil inside of them. Some examples are, (quotes) All of these examples show how Golding tried to express that all humans are born with some evil inside of them but society keeps them under control with laws. Lord of the Flies is a great lesson which shows many examples of life changing events and lessons that can help people in their own lives.
Simon begins to realize this even befor... ... middle of paper ... ... allow evil to dominate them when they become free of society’s rules. Throughout the novel, Golding uses many different objects as symbols to illustrate this theme. The first symbol was the pig’s head, which insinuates how evil is actually inside the boys. The second symbol was the beast, which in reality represents internal evil away from society, rather than an external source of evil such as the beast. The last symbol is the clay mask, which transforms the hunters into completely different people who act like bloodthirsty savages.
Golding is clearly stating that evil is an essence of mankind. When Simon states that maybe the beast is within “us,” he is referring to all of mankind as shown moments later. Another example from later in the novel is when the Lord of the Flies is ta... ... middle of paper ... ...in our normal lives, evil is still naturally found in all of us. Most humans are afraid of evil and do not realize that evil is within them, but it is lurking somewhere inside. Most of us do not realize that when we decide to do wrong, we allow the evil from within to surface and take over.
Their inherent savagery will always be with the boys, and this is obvious because they managed to create a civilized society that soon burnt to ashes when savagery took over. The savagery that is hidden in civilization took over the boys in Lord of the Flies. Within all civilizations, there are deep roots of savagery. This disorder grows over time and eventually takes over the order of societies. The conch, which represents order and civilization, and the pig’s head, or the lord of the flies, which represents savagery and disorder, work together to prove this.
Golding uses the setting of the harsh environment to warn about the savage nature of humans. Orwell uses the continuing corruption of the pigs to warn about the corruption that power brings. Golding uses the slow change of the characters traits to warn about the true nature of the boys. Golding uses the characters negative traits to warn about the savage nature of humans. All characters start off on the island as equals characteristically.