William Golding's Lord Of The Flies: A Character Analysis

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Everyone is taught from birth that you need money and power to be successful in this world. Except, power can make people do unjustifiable things to others or to themselves. Does this mean everyone is inherently evil? In the book Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys get stranded on an island and try to make a society in order to survive. This society though, slowly spirals into disorder and eventually chaos. The main characters, Ralph and Jack, constantly contradict each other and fight for the loyalty of the younger boys and power. The author, William Golding, created this book to portray the potential evil in every human. These boys in particular are not inherently wicked but most of them do get caught up in the fantasy of having ultimate…show more content…
In the beginning, Ralph tries to establish order by letting the boys vote on rules and on him being chief. As chief, Ralph constantly micromanages the group of boys in order to sustain his power. When things don’t exactly go his way he tries to belittle the boys by reminding them that “[He is] chief..” and of the fact that they voted for him(23). Also, when the littluns (younger boys) start the rumor of a possible terrifying creature, Ralph gets angered and tries to prove his dominance by asserting that “‘..there isn’t a beast!’”(37). These insignificant squabbles lead to Ralph creating strict rules that Jack in particular doesn’t agree with. Since jack disagrees, he decides to make his own tribe with his own rules that contradict Ralphs rules which initiates the split of the…show more content…
These reasons are what make humans unique and dangerous. We have the power to decide our future or our decisions and we shouldn 't let power or society influence our success. Since the boys on the island let power influence their decisions, we should learn from them, and try to change our society in order to worship our abilities and not our power. To conclude, the Lord of The Flies, is a great opportunity to see how power changes people, which can help change future perspectives of societies and
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