“Lord of the Flies”, written in 1954 by William Golding, is an allegory of real life events that were happening at the time. The fictional book is set during WWIII, when a plane with a bunch of boys crashes on an island. With no adults left alive, they are forced to fend for themselves; to find a way to survive without falling into the shadow of savagery. The novel ends in a war between the “savage” boys and Ralph, the only surviving civilized boy. William Golding’s depiction of the true evil in this world is conveyed to the reader through the idea of savagery and war.
Imagine that someone is just a child who has survived a plane crash and landed on an isolated island with no adults. He has no experience in taking care of himself and must figure out how to establish order without turning against another. This is the dilemma that the children in The Lord of the Flies by: William Golding have found themselves in, so one can picture the fear that comes with this more than unfavorable situation. In the novel, the theme of fear is shown most distinctly through the symbols of the Lord of the Flies, the beast, and the conch. The first symbol that is a huge representation of fear in the novel is the Lord of the Flies itself.
The real beast Do you think there are beasts in the world? Living on earth is the most mysterious place ever. No one will totally know what will happen to you during your life. From the novel “Lord of the Flies,” written by William Golding, the theme of living in a mysterious place certainly described the text. This is about some English boys that were stuck in the uninhabited island due to their plane being shot from the sky.
During this time, the children run wild and act crazy, but under Jack’s rule. Unfortunately, Simon comes back to the group at just this time. Jack refers to the Simon as the beast and all the boys run over to Simon and stab him, as if he is the actual beast. The boys eventually realize it is Simon but the bloodlust powers the boys to keep stabbing him. Even Ralph is apart of this group, his want to be apart of the safety in the group overpowers his moral duties as a human.
William Golding uses the “beast” to pose this question seriously and strike fear in the heart of the readers. The beast started as a something mysterious and scary that gave nightmares to littluns but became something that brought the evil that was hidden in the boys’ hearts. The beast symbolizes littluns’ feelings of insecurity arising from the fear of the unknown, absence of grownups and bullying behaviors of some of the bigguns. Beast was first mentioned when Piggy voiced the concern of a boy with a mulberry birthmark. “He wants to know what you’re going to do about the snake thing.” Many of the boys were ecstatic to the news that there were
The collective fear of the unknown leads to the untimely and accidental death of Simon. The distress present in the boys causes their impulsive action, of Simon’s horrific murder. Fear of “the beast” an imaginary creature causes the boys to act irrational, and provokes survival instincts as a result of life threatening terror. The fear of the boys in this moment is epitomized when they chant, “Kill the beast!, Cut his throat, Spill his blood!” (168). On the beach, the littluns are in disarray, they scream “...and [blunder] about, fleeing from the edge of the forest, and one of them broke the ring of biguns in his terror.
The text states, “The beast struggled forward….at once the crowd surged after it… leapt onto the beast, screamed, struct, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws,” (Golding 153). The boys viciously murdered Simon, without even thinking or discussing the matter, since they had all believed that the dark figure emerging from the forest, was a “beast” and not one of their own. Up until this point, fear had been corrupting the boys’ minds, affect their actions negatively, and cause chaos within the boys as it could not be contained. There were no adults on the island who could comfort the boys, or keep them safe.
Human Endurance and Its Shatterable Civilization The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a warning to all about human’s natural instincts and the flimsy idea of society’s civilization. After the schoolboys’ airplane crashed on the island with no surviving adults, it was up to them to create a system or government of some sort to prevent absolute chaos. In the beginning of the novel all the boys’ had their sense of civilization still intact. As the reader can see throughout the book, Jack, Ralph, and Piggy are symbols of how dominant human instincts can easily take over the weak rules of civilization. Jack’s innate viciousness overpowered his sense of civilization a little after he arrived at the island.
Ralph brought the self-esteem the boys needed for the boys of the island to feel secure and feel leadership. The boys craved a sense of normalcy of having someone to look up to in the aftermath of the plane crash and lack of adults. “As young people grasp the moral “logic” of human social cooperation, they are upset when this logic is violated (Berk 506).” So the boys are emotionally unstable from the upheaval from civilization to the freedom of the
However, the boys at the feast are still fearful of the fictitious beast and mistake Simon as it. Chanting “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”, the boys are psyched and begin to leap and strike, bite, and tear at the “beast”. Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective.
One symbol that Golding uses is the killing of the sow by the boys. The killing of the sow symbolizes the terror human is going to bring to nature, it shoes how evil overpowers everything, and it resides nowhere but inside the human (Thapliyal and Kunwar). The boys taking their hunting to a whole new level after the kill the sow. They start to reenact the killing and make an event out of it. This takes a turn for the worst when the boys end up killing Simon because they mistake him for the beast.
The boys in "Refresh, Refresh" were so afraid of what Dave was about to say that they acted out of fear and started to beat Dave up. The boys turned into monsters because they were so afraid of the news Dave had because he was the one who told the family that their loved one was killed in combat. The boys still were so afraid of what Dave wanted to tell them that they continued to beat him up until, "He closed his mouth and tried to crawl away" (5). Another way to use suspense is to to show how someone is so angry and afraid that they turn into some they are not and get very violent. At this part of the story Dave was trying to come tell him that his father had passed away in combat, but he was too afraid to hear him say the words that he didn 't let him and just beat Dave up.