William Golding's “Lord of the Flies,” tells the story of a group of English boys forsook on a tropical island. Golding's novel demonstrates the battle between good v.s evil, civilization v.s savagery and law v.s anarchy within human society. As time continues to pass the boys descend further and further down the path of savagery, ignoring societal norms and expectations. Throughout the book, the author places numerous symbols that reinforce aspects of civilization. Three of which being the conch’s representation of order and political power, Piggy's glasses representing intellect within society and the signal fire connecting the boys to civilization.
In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies he uses how humans act to portray the main themes of the text. The boys progress from well mannered young boys to complete savage during the duration of the text to portray how men can go from being civilized to animals. Golding also uses the characters to show how inside some people have the ability to inflict pain and suffering upon others. The boys also portray the battle between democracy and totalitarianism/dictatorship and the positives and negatives of each. In Golding’s view when men are left to their own devices will turn evil.
In the words of David Gemmell, “there is evil is all of us, and it is the mark of a man how he defies the evil within.” The beast in the novel starts as a symbol of fear and something that was ignored but ends up creating chaos and representing evil. In William Golding 's, Lord of the Flies, the boys making fun of the little boy for being scared of the beastie and the boys doubting Sam and Eric, Simons hallucination, and Simon 's death are evidence that show the evil and ignorance in the boys. There are many signs of ignorance towards the beast in the novel. One example of ignorance towards the beast is when the boys made fun of the little boy for being scared of the beast. When the little boy brought up the beast the first time, the older boys, “laughed and cheered,” (Golding.
How Savagery Takes Over George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” William Golding demonstrates that every person has savagery inside of him in his novel, Lord of the Flies. In this novel, Golding shows us that civilization is lost and savagery begins when the urge to kill takes hold of us. William Golding’s character development of Jack and motif of weapons help develop his point. As Jack’s moral character deteriorates, it brings his savagery to the surface, allowing the remnants of civilization to be forgotten.
The beast that they all fear symbolizes the primal instinct for savagery, the darkest and most horrible part of man. “However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick”(Golding 103). Simon is the only character to see the beast for what it truly it, a part of man. It is because of this that he is able to see the damage it could cause when given the power and opportunity, as it so often is throughout the novel. His death is further proof of this and shows that when civilization disappears, chaos, violence, and savagery lie in its wake.
The fear within us can contribute to the actions we take, whether it be particularly good or bad. Lord of the Flies shows that this can happen to us all. Lord of the Flies is a book written by WIlliam Golding who shares with us the end of school boys’ innocence and the beginning of savagery within them all. Chapter nine, which holds many details to support Golding and this theme, is about Simon realizing who the “beast” really is and in the heat of the moment the tribe of boys brutally murder Simon when he comes bearing news about such topic. However, chapter nine is so much more than just the plot of a story.
Jack made the boys believe his “rituals” are controlling all the beasts on the island. Which frightened the boys and eventually forces them to do what Jack wants. The boys turn out to be savages under Jack 's control and the conch’s importance is broken down. Which is a result of civilization being destroyed. Since the coach 's role is to allow all the boy 's opinions to be heard.
William Golding’s depiction of the true evil in this world is conveyed to the reader through the idea of savagery and war. Golding is saying that the worse kind of evil is displayed in the form of the actions that the boys to the island and themselves. Jack and the boys kill a friend out of pure savagery knowingly. Jack invites everyone to a feast at which he is drunk in the power he gets from actual killing and getting meat from a hunt. After eating so much, the boys decide to have a “dance”, in which they find a creature crawling out of the forest, which happens to be Simon trying to tell them about the beast, and kill him out of pure savagery which has blinded them.
Thesis Statement: In Lord of the Flies William Golding throughout the book is trying to show you that society should recognize man is evil. Introduction Paragraph: In the book Lord of the Flies the author William Golding shows a group of boys losing their innocence throughout their life stuck on this inhabited island in the pacific ocean. These boys go from being quiet and shy to violent and dangerous young little boys. Golding uses the pigs, hunting, and the boys face painting to show their lose of innocence throughout the story. There 's no rules of any sort on this island these boys landed on they are free to do whatever they want whenever they want.
Savagery is a influencing, evil force that challenges the purity of mankind, and is underestimated by its true strength. Golding plays with the concept of human nature in the plot of Lord of the Flies by having a group of boys getting marooned on a deserted island with no adults, forcing them to strategize and work together in order to survive. Chapter 9 especially highlights the major themes that Golding is trying to convey in his book. While Simon uncovers the true identity of the beast, the other boys have a feast, where they eat pig and enact tribal dances. Simon finally arrives only to be mistaken as the Beast, and is murdered in cold sight.