Juxtaposition In Lord Of The Flies

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Buddha once said that “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” Lord of the Flies explores this idea of the nature of mankind as the reader learns about the experience of a group of boys deserted on an uninhabited island who must take it upon themselves to survive. As the novel progresses the reader sees the boys navigate the responsibilities of maintaining a civilization, a struggle for power, and how fear will drive the boys to go as far as murder. Golding develops one of the major themes of this novel in chapter nine when as a storm is brewing Simon climbs up the mountain to investigate the beast which the boys claimed they saw. Upon realizing that it is only a dead parachutist, he crawls down the mountain to where the boys are having a party and chanting in a circle. A littlun spots Simon and thinking it is the beast cries out scaring the other boys who kill Simon. In this chapter, we see how far the boys will go when full of fear, discomfort, and unknowing. Golding use of animal imagery, juxtaposition, and symbolism in Lord of the Flies helps convey the theme that…show more content…
The reader learns how every human is in control of their own actions and feelings and that although they may be influenced by other people, they only fear what they let themselves fear. In other words, they control their future. In the case of Lord of the Flies, the boys’ lack of control over their emotions and specifically their fear resulted in the killing of Simon. In conclusion, Golding’s use of rhetorical devices has a significant impact on the development of one of the major themes. The reader comes to understand that they must remain in control of their emotions because the events which occur in Lord of the Flies should not ever occur in real
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