In Lord of the Flies, William Golding expresses the idea that humans are naturally immoral, and that people are moral only because of the pressures of civilization. He does this by writing about a group of boys, and their story of survival on an island. The civilized society they form quickly deteriorates into a savage tribe, showing that away from civilization and adults, the boys quickly deteriorate into the state man was millions of years ago. This tendency is shown most in Jack, who has an animalistic love of power, and Roger, who loves to kill for pleasure. Even the most civilized boys, Ralph and Piggy, show that they have a savage side too as they watch Simon get murdered without trying to save him.
The fire is diatonically opposed to hunting, the activity of anarchy on the island. Island: Golding purposefully picked an island to be the landing place of the crashed plane because an island is isolated from the rest of society. The boys have no contact with the outside world and must look to themselves to solve the problems of their own micro-society. In this way, the island, which symbolizes isolation, serves as a perfect backdrop for the frailties of human nature which eventually surface. Glasses: The glasses symbolize the voice of reason and logic among the boys.
Exposing the Human Soul in Lord of the Flies William Golding in his novel Lord of the Flies symbolically describes the degeneration of a civilized society in three stages. Embedded within this story of a group of young boys struggling to survive alone on a deserted island are insights to the capacity of evil within the human soul and how it can completely destroy society. After a plane crash that results in their inhabitation of the island, the boys establish a democratic society that thrives on order, necessity, and unity. Slowly, however, the peaceful society that they create shatters through a path of hatred, disrespect, murder, and the release of the true human soul. Upon a desolate tropical island, the lost boys begin to organize themselves to gain a sense of stability, order, and brotherhood.
The conch has been the one thing that could be used to call the boys together. It has been the core of the boys’ order and civilization, but the boys are slowly turning into savages. They no longer care about order and authority, an... ... middle of paper ... ...nning at the sky,”(169). Even when Ralph makes an attempt to destroy the beast, its grin simply grows, showing how nothing can suppress the evil that is within the boys and on the island. 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 Lord of the Flies is a novel that describes a group of boy’s abandonment of civility and transformation into violence and savagery. The characters in the book quickly become like animals, acting upon impulse and lacking reason. The very proper English boys arrive on the island completely proper and refined, even to the point of instituting their own government. However, as the story progresses, the boys soon forget their past and release the savage from within themselves. In The Lord of the Flies, as the boys deteriorate as sensible people, their appearance, the conch shell, as well as Piggy’s glasses likewise begin to decay.
And now, it was exactly what he was going to use for Ralph. They wanted to smoke him out and set the island on fire (197). The fire consumed the forest and darkness had taken over for good. The fire left nothing behind but the memory of what had happened on the island. The fire and the conch started out bright, full of life and gave the boys confidence and a feeling of home.
The boys create a watch system to make sure the fire stays lit at all times so they have a chance of being rescued. This signal fire burns not only on the mountain, but also on the beach. This is to hopefully attract the attention of passing ships. As a result, the signal fire becomes a test to the boys' connection with civilization. In the beginning, the fact that the boys maintain the fire is a sign that they want to be rescued and return to society.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a classic novel and portrays just how the society surrounding us can corrupt our once pure nature No one is born a killer, no one is born with an intense compulsion to kill, the island that the boys are stranded on has a very unusual, corrupting society; A society that erodes the boys innocence through the power struggle between Jack and Ralph, readers see the transfer from innocent to savagely through the hunting and Piggy’s death. Innocence is quickly brushed under the rug whenever the boys realize they must kill to eat, making hunting the first major cause in the conversion from good to evil. When first crashing onto the island Jack had come with a set of morals and therefore was not able to go out and kill a pig. An example of this is when he is just about to stab his first pig but, “There came a pause, a hiatus,” Jack could not bear to go through with the kill (Golding 41). Jacks pause is his conscious reminding him of his natural, personal beliefs of right and wrong.
Pure freedom can only lead to disaster. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding demonstrates that when civilisation falls away and individuals are left to their own immediate desires, anarchy ensues in its most savage form. Golding uses the character development of Jack from civilized to savage, and the events leading to the deaths of Simon and Piggy to emphasize this theme. Jack, when first introduced is a nice choir boy, however throughout the novel after he the isolation from civilisation, progressively develops into an evil bloodthirsty savage while tending to his personal desires. After Jack’s failed attempt at leadership shortly after the arrival on the island, he becomes more and more obsessed with the desire of hunting and killing of pigs.
Every time that Jack was wearing his mask, he seemed harsher, meaner and started to grow more and more evil. Because of his new wrongdoings, some boys grew afraid of Jack. While others, like Ralph and Piggy, began to hate him. The sec... ... middle of paper ... ...ere were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws (Golding 153)." The boys were in a state where the hunt meant all and because of it, Simon was the one to fall.