“It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it” this quote by Denis Diderot shows stark contrast with Golding's view of mankind and human nature. Denis Diderot believes that Mankind himself is not perverted, but it is the things of the world and the temptations that we face that are contributing factors to our perversion. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding portrays mankind as wild and uncivilized. In fact, Golding believes that human nature -- when free of the constraints of society -- pulls people away from common sense and into savagery.
Simon is a character Golding used to create a Christian allegory in The Lord of the Flies. Golding conveyed a Jesus-like figure through Simon, whereas the Lord of the Flies is the Devil. Simon stayed moral and human while the rest of the boys became savages as the society crumbled. Simon knew the beast the other boys talked about was their own fear. That is was just the evil side of their human nature.
If Ralph had been using his ego, he would have been aware that their time should be spent looking for the beast instead of playing games, but Ralph was using his id which would urge him to follow his “desire to squeeze and hurt,” as he could do in the game with Robert(115). Ralph’s “mass” of “filthy hair,” is reflective of his savagery that he displays in the game(109). When Piggy and Ralph are talking after Jack leaves the pig head as a gift for the beast, Ralph admits that the boys do not care about keeping the fire going and that “[he] don’t sometimes,”(139). His lack of use of his ego is seen here because he is becoming increasingly unaware of how the smoke from the fire is needed to get rescue from the outside world. Since Ralph is no longer as focused on the fire and how it means rescue, the fire is a symbol of his increased disinterest in getting rescued.
Simon said, “Maybe there is a beast. [...] “What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.”(82) All of the other boys believe that there is an actual beast roaming the island, but simon is understanding that the beast is just a thought of their imagination. The beast is the evil that is in every one of the boy’s heads, but none of the boys can understand it the way Simon does. I feel like I am logical with the way that i think like Simon.
As they enter a wild, unprotected, and unsupervised environment, the young survivors fall victim to their own emotions. They show their insecurities through the idea of a “beast” which “a shrimp of a boy, about six years old,” brought to light in a meeting (47). Throughout the text the topic of the beast continues to hunt them causing the reader to decipher it represents more than a physical matter. William Golding uses the “beast” to demonstrate the fear that creeps in the mind of the boys affecting them differently as they journey through this adventure.
In the novel “Lord of The Flies”, by William Golding, it follows the adventures of Ralph, Jack, and Piggy regular innocent school children forced into a game of life or death. They all represent different sides of human nature and go through various character changes during their experience on the island. These changes will be documented in this essay as well as their important actions and choices made in their electrifying event. In Lord of the Flies, the first character introduced is Ralph, the charismatic Fair haired boy, whom is the focus of the second paragraph in this essay..
In the novel Lord of the Flies, cruelty is used to aid in the development of characters. Two prime examples of this are the characters Jack, and Piggy. Jack is shown to get more violent when introduced to cruelty. In the beginning of the novel he is not able to kill a pig, but when Ralph is cruel to him and says he has not gotten a pig and needs to focus on shelters is when he starts to go down the violent slope.
Readers know that Jack, who represents brutality and the hunger for power, is constantly trying to overthrow Ralph for his position as leader. However, even Jack respects the conch at first, though it represents the exact opposite of his character. Simon is the only person that symbolizes true purity and goodness. He is only one who understands that the island is changing them and that their fear of the beast will eventually cause them to develop into beasts themselves. The conch, much like Simon, represents morality and harmony.
This comes in the form of idealizing the beast’s appearance and tactics, considering it to be a reality, and finally acting upon superstition. In Lord of the Flies, the boys are so scared of the beast that it directly influences their actions, causing them to take alarming measures to the point where even older readers are appalled by the concept. The book perfectly demonstrates that fear can seriously drive someone to questionable and even foolish
It was used by Jack to try and reduce the fear that everyone on the island had of the beast. As it stood on the stick it had a evil smile (grin), this was when the head became a symbol of evil, since a grin represents doing something sneaky or evil. The main event with the sow 's head besides the killing was the conversation that Simon had. During the conversation the Lord Of The Flies intimidated Simon by saying he was “just an ignorant, silly little boy” and for thinking the beast is “something you could hunt and kill”. Simon was not represented as a ignorant little boy but rather imaginative and weird in the way he thought about things such as who the beast was.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It can be so confusing to try to explain why Dr. Jekyll felt so trapped, and why he felt that he had to separate himself into two separate personalities. Perhaps it was because of his youth, when he tasted the pleasures of sin for a short while. Maybe he even felt guilty because he wanted the evil side of life and longed to do whatever he pleased, even though it would cause pain and hurt to others. Dr. Jekyll thus separates himself into two people who share the feeling that they need to do whatever they want.
This is reinforced by the rhetorical question that serves to convince Walton that the Monster hated having to turn to violence. In both situations, a friendly and accepting hand could have led both monsters to happiness and kindness, but the lack thereof sparked the violence. Grendel and the Monster from their respective works, Gardner’s Grendel and Shelley’s Frankenstein, find themselves with no companionship, nobody to share in their joys or sorrows, which leads to violence being taken out on those who rejected them; if those victims had initially accepted and loved Grendel and the Monster, this would not have
Golding believed that humans were naturally indecent and arrogant. His expressions of this thoughts on human likeness lead to a deeper meaning behind the novel; rather than a story about a group of boys on an island, the story was about how people, even young boys, are not who they seem to be. Therefore, Golding used Jack to illustrate the dark, power-driven and manipulative personalities of the average person which enhanced Lord of the Flies in a positive way. Lord of the Flies then transformed into a drama about a group of boys stranded on an island, murder, the internal struggle for power over others, and also the true nature of