IMAGERY The novel begins with a bunch of young boys who are trapped on an island after a plane crash. Throughout the novel William Golding includes various types of imagery to accurately describe each significant place on the island the boys are stranded on. An example would be calling the place where the airplane sliced through the brush “the scar”. The most realistic use of imagery is the description of the patch of the island where the boys would burn what they intended to be a "small fire." The most popular use of imagery in the novel is “the conch”. In the first chapter of the novel Ralph and Piggy spot a conch and decide to use it as an instrument to call a meeting, just as Piggy used to call to his mother with it. The boys impose a "rule of the conch" on themselves, deciding that no one can speak unless they’re …show more content…
The first type in the novel is the British boys, they are stereotypically represented as the height of civilization. As stated in the text by Jack, "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages." (Golding, 45). This is ironic because Jack becomes the leader of the “savages” that kill Piggy, while they are stereotyped to represent civilization. As stated in the text “This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grown ups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.” (Golding, 45). This is said at the beginning of the novel when they first arrive at the island. The boys initially think they’re time spent will be filled with fun, games, and adventure, it is ironic how their time ended up being spent in war amongst themselves. Another example of irony in the novel is “the beast”. Which in reality is actually a parachutist who died in the air force while serving for his country, it is ironic because the soldier is far from a beast. The boys prayed for an adult figure on the island to aid their survival, yet he causes more chaos with beliefs that he is “the
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These boys, plus others, get stranded on an island, with no adults, after their plane crashes. Throughout the story the boys start to become savage-like and turning on one another. In the duration of the book some symbols are mentioned,
A group of boys from Britain are being flown on a plane out of their country because a raging war has erupted and it was no longer safe. As they are flying the plane is shot down in the midst of the war and the boys go crashing down onto a deserted tropical island. The boys regather themselves and realized the situation that they were in. The boys quickly pick a leader and it is a character named ralph, as the story goes on there are many challenges the little group of boys face. Golding demonstrates the theme that we need civilization to tame the savage within us all in a variety of ways throughout the novel.
A Symbolic Moment Arguably, the conch shell is one of the most symbolic items in the novel; the moment Ralph blows into it, the boys are brought together. It is this pivotal moment that makes Ralph appear to be the clear choice for a leader. It is easy to understand why the boys gravitated towards him, their first sight of Ralph was of him sitting, "the conch trailing from one hand, his head bowed on his knees;" (Golding, 19) a clear image of confidence and strength. The boys are easily swayed by his symbolic power and when it comes time to choose between Ralph and Jack, the majority of the boys rush to support Ralph as their leader. Why did they choose Ralph?
In the book, the constant darkness is a symbolic feature of the island that stands for fear. “At last the way to the top looked like a scramble over pink rock, with no more plunging through darkness.” (48) The quote shows that the boys are afraid of the dark and yearn to get away from it, trying their hardest to stay together and where they can keep an eye on one another. Although darkness is seen as fear and terror, it is also seen as the birthplace of the “beast”.
The boys were stranded on the island in hearing that a War is in the near future. “War is not the mere occasion of the novel, but rather the offstage protagonist in this drama of evil determining the behavior of the boys on the marooned island,” as said in Document C. What William Golding and many other soldiers had to experience is an awful and tragic thing. “World War II left an indelible impact on Golding,” Document D. War causes losses and family members and loved ones. The soldiers have to see and watch their fellow soldiers die or get wounded during combat which leaves scars on the inside and out forever.
Tunnel vision is a common flaw that many humans struggle with. You may think your idea for improvement on a project is best, but when it isn’t, it hurts people. Jack had severe tunnel vision. He was only focused on one thing, fire. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is about boys that were in a plane crash on a deserted island with no adults.
This shows the human nature of children and men when they are away from society and order for a long time. If they do not get what they want, then they will drive themselves crazy trying to fight and in turn, become savages, who are focused on killing and hunting. They are blinded by their anger and illusions that they forget about the real point, which is trying to escape from the island and their new goal is to kill each other off so they alone can be the chief of the island, but eventually all the boys will have to end up dying from natural causes or battles if they are not saved by a ship. Their morals are ruined and this leads to further chaos on the island. Once the chaos starts to happen on the island, Ralph also starts to rethink his idea of being chief.
When the boys get stranded on this island they must take care of themselves and try to get rescued. As the boys climb this mountain to get home they face new challenges which resulted them to descend into savagery. With these new challenges of killing the pig for the first time, them breaking the conch, and deaths of Simon and Piggy they to descend into savagery causing them to lose their innocence. After the boys crash landed on the island it was only a matter of time before the boys descend into savagery because lack of leadership, need for survival and loss of innocence. Their first goal on the island was to have fun and get rescued but throughout their stay, they get further away from that.
Golding articulates his theory that people follow those who rule by fear rather than those who lead by love by using the island the boys are stranded on as a microcosm for society. In the beginning of this novel the boys recognize the lack of authority on the island. While they are at first ecstatic about having the freedom of choice they’d always wished for. Eventually however, a boy named Ralph suggests that the lack of leadership on the island could lead to savagery taking over saying “we’ve got to have
Everyone will face evil at some point in their lives, but the way the evil is embraced or deflected will differ among every man. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, symbolism is used to communicate the theme of Understanding the Inhumanity/Inherent Evil of Man as represented through the double ended spear, the fire, and the Lord of the Flies. The spear represents the evil inside of humankind and the perception that killing and hurting each other out of anger is acceptable. Fire symbolizes the evil act of stealing to achieve a human wants. Lastly, the Lord of the Flies symbolizes the Inherent Evil of Man through demonstrating that a boy understood that the evil is within them instead of around them, and is not something that could be killed
Humans, according to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, are selfish by nature. In his landmark work, Leviathan, he explains the importance of a strong government in society. According to Hobbes, without a strong system of government people would revert into a primitive state; war would run rampant, the natural law would not be abided, and those once tamed by society would become evil. William Golding based his novel, Lord of The Flies, on a similar idea. In this novel, many characters digress from civility into savagery.
The island represents civilization. The boys have created their own society and grounding point using this island. Their civilization is based off of what exactly the island has to offer; which is not much at all. The boys struggle keeping up their civilization when main characters, Ralph and Jack, Start disagreeing later on in the novel. It soon comes down and they lose their means of civilization.
The author discussed how the boys were not guided at all throughout the time of the story. They lacked an adult figure, without one, they believed there were no rules around. No way to get caught or be in trouble. He also claimed that everyone has their own inner aggressions, the cause for the boys’ case was the impact of what the whole island had in store for them. Another thing Golding discussed was the way the act of killing changes you.
For this project I decided to focus on the characters Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Throughout the book, the theme that is represented is when there is no one to enforce the rules of society, the lines between savagery and civilization blur. The first character represented on my visual is Jack. I represented Jack with