Fun and Murder in Lord of the Flies

Fun and Murder in Lord of the Flies

Length: 953 words (2.7 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Fun and Murder in Lord of the Flies


Lord of the Flies is a story of hardships, death and ultimately, survival. The island on which the boys are on presented many difficulties. In this situation, there was no time for fun and games, work was much more important. The group consisted completely of pre-pubescent young boys and the thing that destroyed their democratic ways was the allure of having lots of fun, swimming, feasts and other enjoyable activities. If the splitting of the groups, i.e when Ralph and Jack went their separate ways, the bloodshed would have been prevented. But when the decision came to be made, the promise of "..having fun.." from Jack was too much for most of the boys, and that decision they made turned them into the bloodthirsty savages who murdered two innocent boys.

             In the beginning, when the boys first met and assembled at the platform, the conch was the symbol of power. The person holding the conch always had the attention of everyone. There was a leader, Ralph, who was elected by the  children.

   "Let's have a vote."


   "Vote for chief!"

   "Let's vote------"


 This represented democracy, a government elected for by the whole population and they lived in a classless and tolerant society. There were rules which were to be obeyed by all. Nobody was exempt from them, they were agreed on by all. A fire was lit, to attract the attention of any passing ships or planes, huts were organised to be built. There were many plans for the boys but these weren't fulfilled due to the laziness and incompetence of the small children, the "littl'uns". Huts weren't built deadlines weren't kept. In theory, it was like anarchy. This is when the groups were starting to form, the people who enjoyed living like savages, for example Roger, and those who liked the idea of leadership, having a leader and following his instructions like Piggy.

             This, in my opinion, is a small-scale resemblance of the real world. If there was no law enforcement, or in Lord of the Flies, adults, people would be just like that. Society would collapse into chaos. The children, although they aren’t mature, they behave exactly as adults would in an environment in which they inhabited. Selfish, greedy always wanting more for themselves and not caring for others.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Fun and Murder in Lord of the Flies." 16 Feb 2020

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Character Development in Lord of the Flies Essay

- Character Development in Lord of the Flies The ability to create characters of depth plagues many a contemporary writer. Many of those writers should look to William Golding for expertise on this issue. Golding diverges from the path of contemporary authors and sets an example of how character development should be accomplished in his novel, Lord of the Flies. Golding's Ralph exemplifies this author's superior style of character development in this novel. At the commencement of the novel, the author introduces Ralph as an innocent boy far from adulthood....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]

Free Essays
1094 words (3.1 pages)

Essay about Good versus Evil in William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies"

- In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a young group of boys crash on an uncharted island. In the beginning the boys are excited to be alone, unsupervised by adults. But as the novel progresses, the boys begin to show their true nature. Through the boys, Golding attempts to expose the true nature of humankind, the good, the evil, and the in between. Simon represents the rare, truly good people in the world, the ones that do not do what they do to look good in another’s eyes, or because that is what is expected of them....   [tags: William Golding, Lord of the Flies, evil, ]

Research Papers
704 words (2 pages)

Lord of the Flies: A Tale of a Fateful Trip Essay

- Lord of the Flies: A Tale of a Fateful Trip         Man has never quite found a truly perfect paragon in himself.  Through some fault of his own he can never achieve the high ideal of perfection that he seeks to attain.  The 'Divine' Michelangelo, named so by his contemporary biographer Giorgio Vasari, never called his masterwork of the Sistine Chapel ceiling finished. When it was unveiled Pope Julius II fell to his knees in prayer at the sight of this 'divine work of perfection.'  Michelangelo, who never claimed himself to be a painter, never accepted his work as a masterpiece, claiming that it was "full of flaws" produced by his own imperfections and sins.  William Golding attributes th...   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]

Research Papers
2139 words (6.1 pages)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding Essay

- Lord of the Flies by William Golding Lord of the flies was written by William Golding in 1954. It is an enthralling, book that explores the concept of the behaviour of man when he is exempt from society. Golding achieves this by stranding a group of British schoolboys on a secluded island, in the midst of a war. Throughout this period the boys evolve from being civilised and let savagery take over. This book is well written and effectively presents the theme of the story: the evil that man is capable of....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Good Versus Evil Essays]

Research Papers
1100 words (3.1 pages)

Essay Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

- In the year of 1954, sideburns were bigger and poodle skirts were more popular than Blackjack Chewing Gum. This was when William Golding wrote his first novel just over 60 years ago and these four foreboding words first appeared within the pages of an inhumane tale named Lord of the Flies - “I’m scared of us” (Ralph, 1954). It 's easy enough to see how Golding got the inspiration for the story of a group of savage boys on a deserted island. The famed author served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and wrote Lord of the Flies while teaching boys at Bishop Wordsworth 's School for numerous years....   [tags: World War II, Novel, Adolf Hitler, World War I]

Research Papers
1122 words (3.2 pages)

Essay on William Golding's The Lord of the Flies

- The Lord of the Flies The Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding, and the book was copywrited in 1954. William Golding is a renowned English novelist, playwright, and poet of over 62 works. Some of his more famous works include; The Inheritors, Darkness Visible, The Spire, Pincher Martin, and many others. In 1983 William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for The Lord of the Flies. Before winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for The Lord of the Flies, Golding won the Booker Prize in literature for his novel Rites of Passage, book number one of the To the Ends of the Earth trilogy....   [tags: story/character analysis]

Research Papers
1560 words (4.5 pages)

Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

- Innocence lost There have been Monsters lurking in the corrupted minds of children since the beginning of their life when they could imagine them. These imaginations have been taking credit from the fear of the real monsters. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel that illuminates the natural horror of humanity, and how it corrupts us and our children. William Golding created Lord of the flies as a novel to be symbolic, not as one whole but as in tiny metaphors and symbols that represent certain aspects of the young boys’ lives....   [tags: English-language films, Mind, William Golding]

Research Papers
1829 words (5.2 pages)

Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

- Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding is an allegory in novel format about a group of young boys stranded on an island without adults. The story is a microcosm in which Golding reveals his opinions about humanity and the society that has been created. Golding, using an abundance of symbols and themes to show his beliefs on politics, religion and society as a whole. Throughout the story Golding shows that people look at the outer appearance of situations instead of really looking into what is happening....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Instinct, Want]

Research Papers
1349 words (3.9 pages)

Essay on Lord Of The Flies: A Religious Allegory

- Since its publication in 1954, the Lord of the Flies has amassed a prodigious cult-following for its blunt truths. Depicting the savagery of marooned school boys, William Golding's story presents a gruesome vision of post-war humanism in the mode of action and allegory. The Nobel Laureate's novel seems to many critics a striking analogue to the Bible (in certain aspects). Through its biblical parallels in settings, content, and overall meaning, Lord of the Flies becomes, in essence, a religious allegory....   [tags: William Golding]

Free Essays
1025 words (2.9 pages)

Essay about Lord of the Flies by William Golding

- The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding used a group of British boys beached on a deserted island to show the wild nature in mankind. Lord of the Flies dealt with the changes the boys went as they gradually changed to the freedom from their society. William Golding’s ways to tell the readers about his theory like the death of Simon, the beast within the boys, and the way Ralph was hunted. The death of Simon symbolized the loss of religious reasoning. As the boys killed Simon they had let out their savage urges and acted in a crazy manor....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
821 words (2.3 pages)

Related Searches

             Through Lord of the Flies, Golding shows what humans really are like. If there is a system of law and order, there will always be the people who want to break free from that, the rebels of the world. In the real world people who resemble the likes of Jack would be the extremists or criminals.  The conch represented many things for the children, especially for the more timid children, who didn’t have as much power in deciding what should be done as some others, who had more of a voice in the happenings. For example, someone like Piggy. When he held the conch, he was more unreserved that his usual quiet self. He could face people like Jack and not let them boss him around. In the real world, the conch would be like a large lump of gold. Once people around you see that you have that lump, they will be kind and generous towards you in hope that they get a piece of your wealth, and that’s almost what happened in Lord of the Flies. When Piggy had the conch, and had just set it down for a while, as he sees a larger boy reaching for it, he grabs it back for himself.

             Golding’s intention in Lord of the Flies is to show how far the real world is from the ideal world where everyone gets along with each other and there are no conflicts or problems. His point is put across to us very clearly, and the plan of such reproach is to show us what should not happen or what we should try to avoid.


 The original island when the boys first landed was a paradise, much like in “Coral Island”. Slowly they fell victim to the evils of the island. Not all the kids believed this, for example “but how could it be a bad island?” asked Piggy. Their fears of the evils are represented by the “snake thing” which was first brought up by a littl’un.

  “He wants to know what you’re going to do about the snake-thing”

  “Tell us about the snake-thing”

  “Now he says it’s a beastie”


  “A snake-thing. Ever so big. He saw it.”


  “In the woods.”


 The provocations of pride, being the top person, the boss, of being a hunter, killing and eating wild pigs, were all symbolized by the pig’s head which they left as sacrifice for the “thing”, their unknown fears. As it sat there, it gathered the flies, thus it was called The Lord of the Flies which is an old expression for Satan. They were just like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. They did what was wrong, and they were punished by evil, who was Satan.

             In the end, when the boys are rescued, it is ironic that the man comes from a war ship, from the real world who is at war. The boys resemble them by having a “mini” war on the island. Jack’s barbaric ways on the island has shown that even though on the outside a person may seem good, but it takes time for their true self to show. Golding has shown us that in a world of order, chaos rules and nothing and nobody is perfect.

Return to