Allegory In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies Analysis Lord of the Flies, written 1954 by British Author William Golding, is a tale of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded after their plane crash lands on a deserted island. The boys, who at first, attempt to set up a society, complete with a form of government, soon fall apart when their primitive urges kick in. The novel was both a commentary on man’s violent nature and of how pointless war is. Also, each character in the novel was representative of a larger concept, thus this allegory had many layers. Throughout the novel, the tone of the story becomes increasingly dark. Golding’s writing seeks to emphasize this transition. At the beginning of the story, everything is new and beautiful. The boys find…show more content…
In a symbolic and tragic act, the boys kill him out of fear and misunderstanding. “Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea.” This death represented that the boys were now passed the point of no return. Piggy’s character represented logic and wisdom. They were able to make fire from his glasses and he was the voice of reason. His death symbolized the loss of reason. “Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea. His head opened, and stuff came out and turned red”. Golding implied that one of the children, who the boys were responsible for, died in an out of control fire created by Jack and his men. His death foreshadowed how the loss of structure would lead to casualties. Furthermore, each event that occurs in the story is much more graphic because of Golding’s use of imagery and onomatopoeia. The deaths that occur in the story are very violent and very descriptive. Simon’s death was dramatic, in that it happened during a storm with thunder striking and lightning booming. Piggy’s was painful in that he fell off a cliff and split his head open. The child’s death was saddening in that he was possibly burned alive and he was so young. The purpose of this style of detailed gore is to capture the ugly way that humans

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