Corruption In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

896 Words4 Pages
Fear is a strange thing, it starts out little and innocent, but if it is left uncontrolled it festers. In the book, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, people wonder, “What happened to those innocent, little boys?” and “Who is behind this new-found fear and corruption inside the boys?” It isn’t until the Lord of the Flies is introduced this questioned is answered. The Lord of the Flies (the pig’s head on a stick) is the one behind the corruption in the boys. It isn’t the pig’s head making this corruption pop up suddenly; it is the spirit inside the pig’s head. The Lord of the Flies is Satan. “This is ridiculous. You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape!” (pg. 143) When the Lord of the Flies says, “…you know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there,” the author isn’t meaning you’ll meet me down in Jack’s tribe. “Down there" is an…show more content…
143) The Lord of the Flies (Satan), admits to being the beast. He is behind the corruption growing in the boys. He is the one tempting the boys to turn against each other, and lose trust in one another. The boys’ biggest fear was the beast, but they can’t sharpen a stick at both ends and hunt Satan. Before the blame falls on the Lord of the Flies, notice Satan can tempt people, but he can’t force anyone to do anything. There is evil inside each of the boys. “You knew didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?”(pg. 143) Satan could say anything to try and make the boys act against what they know is right, but he couldn’t force them. Killing Simon shows they gave in to temptation, each of them had a bit of evil inside them. People are sinners from birth to death. This evil was already inside the boys, but it required a push from the Lord of the Flies to burst out. It is easy to blame Satan alone, but the truth is each of the boys are to blame. The boys are the
Open Document