Then there is Jack, who we immediately see as corrupt; and Roger, who we see as amoral and wicked. These two represent the essentially evil side of humanity. As the novel progresses, we see that the characters’ morals will change, and their societal conditioning will diminish, eventually showing their true nature. When the boys first meet, their societal condition makes them try to create their own civilization and democracy, and they decide to vote one of themselves as chief. The boys choose Ralph, because he has the conch, but also because of hi... ... middle of paper ... ... evil and savage side by killing Simon.
The novel demonstrates the great need for civilization ion in life because without it, people revert back to animalistic natures. When the children become stranded on the island, the rules of society no longer apply to them. Without the supervision of their parents or of the law, the primitive nature of the boys surfaces, and their lives begin to fall apart. The downfall starts with their refusal to gather things for survival. The initial reaction of the boys is to swim, run, jump, and play.
Despite having spent most of their lives in civilised company, it is obvious that living on the island impacted the boys greatly, and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. However others may argue that being on the island did not affect the boys as such, but instead simply provided them with an opportunity to unleash their inner savagery. If this is the case, this clearly shows how drastically the natural goodness of the human race has shattered, possibly upon the making of material possessions.
The novel Lord of the Flies was full of challenges that the boys overcame in order to survive. Conflicts within themselves, with nature and with each other constantly test the children’s ability to endure. Struggles against the natural elements of the island, rival groups or fear of the unknown continually appear throughout the story. Some of the boys on the island did not survive the quarrels that they faced. They perished because they were lacking something that the surviving boys did not.
Surprisingly, when they kill Simon, they end up realising what they have done and are ashamed of themselves. All this is because of the beast, and the feelings of fear it created in the hearts of the boys. Overall, Golding creates many symbols in the novel which represent death and evil. He uses the beast to represent mans weaknesses and man's darkest side, which eventually kills them, even though created by them. The Actual story represents society and all of the symbols are correspondent to today's real life situations, but are just exaggerated a bit more and made into a story which explains these situations in a more interesting way.
From each of the works studied, the characters ' experience the fall of man in which the world 's "centre cannot hold", consequently leaving them in a world where the essences and God are lost. A world without God is a world of anarchy, violence and death also know as a fallen (postlapsarian) world, and characters experience this world after the fall of man occurs. The works being discussed include: James Joyce 's "Araby", Joseph Conrad 's Heart of Darkness, Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex, Wordsworth 's "Tintern Abbey", and Mathew Arnold 's "Dover Beach". After exploring the works, it is clear that when characters recognize that they are living in a fallen world, they decide how to resolve the problem. Discussing the characters experiences of
The same happens in society. There are rules we must fo... ... middle of paper ... ...a that William Golding was working with in this book. People are the reason society doesn't always work. No matter how much we would like, society's faults cannot be blamed on any one individual. Golding's quote says that our defects are directly linked to the defects of society.
Babb declares; “Piggy is devoted to the orderly process of civilization…” (24). Piggy fought for his belief in order even durin... ... middle of paper ... ...things Ralph weeps for, “the end of innocence” and “the darkness of man’s heart.” (Medcalf 70). Golding successfully uses characterization and symbolism to represent the fall of mankind and the defects of human nature. The inherent defects in human nature are powerfully revealed in the tragic state of society through William Golding’s use of characterization and symbolism in novel, Lord of The Flies. Golding’s use of each character and item throughout the novel allow the reader to view the purpose from a symbolical view.
He does not display authority or apply a task to anyone, so the boys have to find their own things to do, so he does not seem to have the qualities to make a good leader. However, the fact that his main priority is to get rescued and build shelters to survive, and that he tries to keep the island civilised shows that his ‘common sense’ is developing. Similar to most other boys, Ralph enjoyed the absence of adults on the island and the island itself. Everyone wanted to have fun, but Ralph also wanted to be rescued so understood the importance of the fire. By the third chapter Ralph feels depressed because he cannot convince the boys of the necessity of the shelters.
Lord of the Flies is an extraordinarily well-written novel that teaches one how to live life. When asked about the philosophy of the book, the author, William Golding, replied, "The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectful." This completely exemplifies the theme of the novel. Lord of the Flies truly shows that it is not the government that determines survival, it is the sheer human nature in all of us that proves whether a society can function.