Ralph and Jack most clearly represent Golding’s use of Juxtapositioning in the novel. Both individuals embody polar opposite character traits that are prevalent in all people. Evil, corruption, and satanic morals swirl around in the mind of Jack while the use of the thought process, the presence of a right and wrong moral compass, and the use of reason are traits allotted to Ralph. Ralph is the man that we all show but Jack is the true beast that lies in the hearts of us all. Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it.
Of all of the aspects mentioned earlier, the best and most interesting would be the symbolic aspect, which is brilliantly showcased throughout the novel. In Lord of the Flies, the characters possess distinguishable traits that define and symbolize every boy (Li & Wu, 2009, p.119). For example, Golding portrays that men are inherently evil, and Jack helps in proving that description. Jack symbolizes savagery and, throughout the novel, is described to be angry and in need of blood (Li & Wu, 2009, p.119). Contrarily, since the novel is only male based, this urges us to think about the opposing point of view where “Lord of the Flies” only consisted of female characters.
Through the articles by Coskren, Baker, and Niemeyer, Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is presented using a pessimistic point of view. Golding emphasizes the evil human nature of the young boys and he does not give us hope for mankind. Throughout the novel, the boy’s actions portray Golding’s sense of pessimism. For example, during the attack on Simon, “the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore” (Golding 153). Golding uses their violence as a means to portray he pessimism highly present in the novel.
Throughout this piece of literary work, the theme of the savagery of humans is displayed with a tone of power and contempt. “But I, a man, must swat you with my hate,/ Slap you across the air and crush your flight,” is a primary example of this concept. The speaker’s claim that he “must swat you with my hate” justifies the futility of murdering this defenseless creature, which was only doing what it knew to do. Also, the speaker attempts to justify the brutality of man by comparing something irrelevant- the size of man and the fly. The statement at the end of stanza three, “To draw you from the hunter’s reach that
Therefore, they become like savage dogs and only think about killing. A beast rises with them and forces get worse. The boys become naturally evil and savages as their journey continues. That is why human naturally lie and the truth is not first. And that is obvious when he
Caesar was loved by the majority thus, almost worshiped because of the light and greatness he has brought to the beloved city of Rome. Every decision and every move that was made by him was considered the right path. "My heart laments that virtue cannot live out of the teeth of emulation" is a quote said by one of Caesar's admirers; this quote creates a wedge between the two views people had about him. The minority, or the dangerously bright group, marked this Roman as unjust, evil, corrupt and a tyrant to be. Also, a man of lies that uses his people's love for his own benefit; this group had these thoughts for the sake of not wanting a greedy and dreadful dictator or simply being jealous.
The most good-natured person in the story, Simon, believes evil, symbolized by the Lord of the Flies, is within everyone. At one assembly on the platform, he says,”’Maybe… maybe there is a beast...What I mean is… maybe it’s only us’” (Golding 89). Although the rest of the boys laugh, even Piggy, Simon has the idea that this is true. His idea is furthermore confirmed later when he imagines the Lord of the Flies says,”’Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!... You knew, didn’t you?
Evil is profoundly immoral actions, evil is being malevolent. Everyone does evil things like hit someone, or call them names, it’s something people do before they understand it's wrong. Even after people learn that it’s wrong they still use it throughout their lives, but why? Evil and fear is created by people who strive for power and the need to feel wanted. In William Golding’s “The Lord of the Flies” the creation of evil and fear is demonstrated through different symbols.
George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding the children can be seen to have this savage beast hidden within them. Human savagery is influenced by power, sport, and even possession of tools. Ralph and Jack, leaders of the group, allow for the beast to awaken in them as they struggle to survive on the island. Jack is the first character who is corrupted by his human savagery.
In conclusion, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel in which the theme of savagery versus humanity is shown. Based upon the boys actions in the novel such as, killing one another, sexual assault and abuse, and their animalistic behaviors, shows that savagery exists within all human beings. Through the boy's actions, Golding shows the reader that anyone can lose their humanity. The boys own innocence goes away along with their sense of morality throughout the entire