This paper will explore the three elements of innate evil within William Golding's, Lord of the Flies, the change from civilization to savagery, the beast, and the battle on the island. Golding represents evil through his character's, their actions, and symbolism. The island becomes the biggest representation of evil because it's where the entire novel takes place. The change from civilization to savagery is another representation of how easily people can change from good to evil under unusual circumstances. Golding also explores the evil within all humans though the beast, because it's their only chance for survival and survival instinct takes over. In doing so, this paper will prove that Lord of the Flies exemplifies the innate evil that exists within all humans.
In the novel The Lord of the flies, William Golding illustrates the decline from innocence to savagery through a group of young boys. In the early chapters of The Lord of the Flies, the boys strive to maintain order. Throughout the book however, the organized civilization Ralph, Piggy, and Simon work diligently towards rapidly crumbles into pure, unadulterated, savagery. The book emphasized the idea that all humans have the potential for savagery, even the seemingly pure children of the book. The decline of all civilized behavior in these boys represents how easily all order can dissolve into chaos. The book’s antagonist, Jack, is the epitome of the evil present in us all. Conversely, the book’s protagonist, Ralph, and his only true ally, Piggy, both struggle to stifle their inner
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...
William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is the perfect allegory to man’s inherent evilness. A group of boys, British students, comprised of children who are approximately in their middle childhood gets marooned on a desert island somewhere in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean after their plane crashed. The boys are the only survivors. Except for a musical choir, led by a certain Jack Merridew, the boys have never met each other and have no established leadership. “The book portrays their descent into savagery; left to themselves in a paradisiacal country, far from modern civilization, the well-educated children regress to a primitive state” (Lord of the Flies).
Lord of the Flies Imagine having to be flown away from your home because of a war. That is bad enough. But, then imagine your plane crashing on some deserted island on your way there. The pilot of your plane is dead and your stuck with approximately 20 other young boys like yourself. No adults!
Lord of the Flies is a Nobel-Prize winning book written by William Golding in 1954. Flies has rated high on many top book lists and many consider it to be a classic of the 20th century. Though not my personal favorite, I understand the themes behind it and why the novel has been repeatedly critically acclaimed.
“... 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
People believe that everyone has evil within them. The environment that one may be in can trigger someone’s evil or help resist their evil. Some believe that only the environment contains evil. William Golding however, believes that people are innately evil. It has been known that, when taken away from civilization to be taken over by their own inner evil within them. William Golding uses different types of symbols in the novel Lord of the Flies to portray this evil. With the use of different objects found on the deserted island, Golding expresses his beliefs on evil. The symbols that are used over the course of the novel to portray this evil are the beast, the clothing that the boys are wearing when they first crash on the island and how it change within the novel, and finally, the conch that Piggy finds in the beginning of the novel.
The Lord of the Flies novel contains several symbols throughout the story. William Golding used symbols to cultivate themes and emotions; without symbolism the novel would have had a lesser meaning. William Golding contrasted many events with the use of symbolism, making a fire represent both protection and brutality. The three major themes I will be outlining is power, savage human nature, and the need for social order.
Humans are intricate. They have built civilizations and invented the concept of society, moving accordingly from savage primal instincts to disciplined behaviour. William Golding, however, does not praise humanity in his pessimistic novel, Lord of The Flies, which tells the story of a group of British schoolboys who are stranded on an uninhabited tropical island without any adults – a dystopia. Golding evidently expresses three views of humanity in this novel. He suggests that, without the rules and restrictions on which societies and civilizations are built, humans are intrinsically selfish, impulsive and violent.