How Does Golding Present Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies

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In Lord of the Flies, Golding explores the idea that human nature, when left without the regulations of society, will become barbaric. As one of the prevailing themes in his work, the dark side of human nature is represented through the novel, not only in symbols and motifs, but in his characters as well. The dark side of human nature is an integral part of the novel 'Lord of the Flies.' William Golding, a British novelist employs symbols, motifs and characters to create the idea that human nature, without civilisation will become barbaric. In his 1954 novel, when the boys on the island are left without regulations of society they revert to their savage ways. This is explored through the symbol of the conch and its representation of democratic unity and order. The beast is also a reflection of the boys violent and cruel behaviour and their superstition is their dark nature. The main character Jack is an example of Golding's attempt to confront that all humans are savages when left without civilisation. The barbarity is developed when the boys are left to their own devices and this is discovered and introduced by Golding's work through symbols and characters. The 'Lord of The Flies' explores human nature through the communication of…show more content…
In the novel, Golding associates the conch with the boys nature, signifying there civilisation till it was destructed and therefore, the dark side of the boys was released when there was no unity or order. The beast is another important symbol demonstrating their impulses to becoming violent, that the 'beast' is within the boys themselves. The antagonist Jack is addressed to represent that without regulations of society all human beings are savages by nature. Golding includes these symbols, motifs and characters to confront the idea the dark side of human nature is represented when left to your own
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