Imagery In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Hidden deep inside every one of us there is something very dark. Only in extreme situations will this darkness come out and take over us, especially if we do not understand it. Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of schoolboys who are stranded on an uninhabited island. As they struggle for survival, their fears slowly turn them into savages. Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, uses the pig’s head on a stick (Lord of the Flies) to symbolize the violent human nature that can be found buried in everyone, and how it can only be controlled if someone truly understands it. The Lord of the Flies itself stands as a symbol of the boys’ violent human nature. When this pig’s head is acquired, Jack’s tribe has already been separated. Their savage nature has already started to come out and by the time the sow is killed, their violence is in full swing. Golding uses imagery that makes the killing similar to a rape scene, such as when “Roger began to withdraw his spear and boys noticed it for the first time” and…show more content…
Simon is the most good-natured boy on the island, but he still suffers from the effects of subconscious human nature. It is clear that he is also perhaps one of the most intelligent boys on the island because he suggests: “maybe it’s only us” (89) when referring to the beast. The Lord of the Flies solidifies Simon’s theory when it starts speaking to him. The actual pig’s head is not speaking, but rather Simon’s conscience, or his inner “beast”. It tells him, “This is ridiculous. You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there-so don’t try to escape!” (143). Simon is able to hear this because he knows the truth: that there is no escaping the control of fear. He knows that a dark side can be found in every single one of the boys, and brought out especially in conditions such as this struggle on the
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