Morality In Lord Of The Flies

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Everyone stands on some sort of moral ground. As long as that “ethical moral high ground” is under our feet, we are stable. Although, the big question is, what happens when the ground disappears? What becomes of our society? In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, there are three main influential characters that die on the island. There deaths, however seemingly small, greatly impact all the lives of the boys on the island. “The shape of society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political statement however apparently logical or respectable,”(Baker, xv). In this quote, Baker is saying that the shape of a society does not depend on a group of people, but a single individual. Depending on a person's…show more content…
Ever so big. He saw it”(Golding,35)
Innocence was the first one to see the beast, not an actual animal, but the beast that exists inside every human, and every boy on the island. The boy could not comprehend what he is seeing, so there, the idea of a beast on the island was born. Innocence means freedom from sin or moral wrong. In Lord of the Flies terrible things happened, starting with the fire that killed many littluns.“The boys looked at each other fearfully, unbelieving...Beneath them, on the unfriendly side of the mountain, the drum-roll continued”(Golding,46). In that moment the boys on the island were stained with sin, therefore washing away the innocence that they had left. As the birthmark boy dies, so does our innocence. Most of the time it is hard to realizes that is gone, and like the boys of the island, in that moment, they weren't entirely sure. The many deaths on the island represented a painful time, and memory, for the boys who were left. “The beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing, was real. Remember?... The two older boys flinched when they heard the shameful syllable”(Golding, 51). The birthmark boys death showed allegorical significance to the impact of the boys, and showed them what the island, and themselves, were capable of. The only person and aspect that had an idea of what the innocence was trying to convey, was
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In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, he shows the most important people and aspects of a society. “And weep for the end of innocence and the darkness of man’s heart,... the books is supposed to show how the defect of society are directly traceable to the defects of the individual”(Golding, 215). The ethical nature of society does not depend on a group of people, but a single individual. When the last of those aspects are gone, people have the ability to turn into savages with not knowledge, spirit or innocence. The deaths in the books show how each quality in a person, no matter how small or irrelevant, keeps us steady and gives us the ethical groups to stand on, but more importantly, he shows what can happen when our leaders are gone and the ground gives
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