Lord Of The Flies Human Nature Analysis

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The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an allegory of human nature. Golding uses literary devices such as symbolism, imagery, and irony to stress the book’s themes of mankind’s struggle between order and chaos (civilization vs. savagery) and the loss of innocence. The story mainly focuses on human nature’s inherent evilness. The Lord of the Flies is a novel told from the perspective of an omniscient narrator. The plot begins with a large group of English boys stranded on a deserted island. One of the boys, Ralph, discovers a conch shell that he uses to call the others to an assembly. At the assembly, the boys elect a leader, Ralph. Ralph begins to successfully lead the group of boys by establishing rules, building shelters, and creating a signal fire so that someone might come rescue them. Eventually, however, many of the children run off to go swimming, playing, and hunting. This later goes way out of hand, so much so that they miss an opportunity at rescue. Ralph, angered, calls another assembly to set matters straight. The assembly, unfortunately, goes haywire with children spreading around rumors of a “beast” lurking on the island. The fears start a fight that ultimately gets to a point where another rival tribe is started by Ralph’s friend/rival, Jack. This other tribe, mainly consisting of hunters, goes out to hunt and kill the “beast”. The opposing tribe attracts many of Ralph’s followers until there is only a few of them left. The two tribes
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