“The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces.” This quote was said by Philip Zimbardo during his ‘Psychology of Evil’ TED talk. Zimbardo explains in his presentation what defines humans as good or evil. He goes into depth on the negative impact of the external environment of a person. He follows by saying his ideology of evil came from the novel Lord of The Flies by William Golding. In Lord of The Flies, Golding uses a variety of rhetorical strategies in order to create a story about a group of boys who crashed on a desert island and are forced to adapt to the primitive environment. … thesis: Golding uses many rhetorical strategies throughout the Lord of the Flies; the most evident forms being …show more content…
Among the many rhetorical strategies used by Golding, one of the most prominent forms is irony. He uses this device to not only foreshadow, but to portray the true evil in human nature. Although the group of boys did not seem savage to begin with, the trait became very apparent, eventually. Before the setting started to effect the boys and their morals, there was order and respect within the group. The leader of this group was Roger, leaving a not so pleased Jack as runner up. During the first group meeting while discussing laws, jack says, “I agree with Ralph. We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages.” This statement is ironic because Jack eventually becomes the most savage out of the boys, leading the group who kills Piggy towards the end of the novel. Golding does an excellent job of using this piece of irony
A combination of two different nouns that are governed by a single noun or verb to create a new meaning or blend ideas together. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise, friend called Piggy” (Lord of the Flies, P.202). At the end of the novel, the boys are involved in a war against Ralph using fire to smoke him out of the thicket. Scared for his life, Ralph sprints away from the painted warriors before arriving at the beach.
In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, many children get stranded on an island after their plane had crashed. The children need to work together to figure out how to survive without any adults to help them along the way, until they are rescued and brought home. The author uses symbolism, and irony to develop the theme that without society’s rigid rules, anarchy and savagery can come out. When the children first landed on the island, they stuck together and kind of made a little society and “village” of their own. They made shelters, had a bathroom, bathing pool, etc.
Divergent Paths Every human being has that cold-hearted side of theirs that can be identified as savagery. In the fictional story, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, a group of young boys are stranded on an island with no adults around. Ralph, the selected leader of the group, had the job of keeping everything in order and civilized. But instead, everything is disorganized and the boys are willing to follow their own paths.
William Golding the author of the allegorical novel The Lord of the Flies writes his novel in a very pessimistic nature about the human race and evil in his work. William believes that the human race is the true evil because humans have the potential and power to do evil through fear. This theme is personified with the idea of the beast during the novel the children are scared of a “beast with claws and sharp teeth” roaming around on the island and the children end up sacrificing a pig as a sacrifice to the beast. The evil Golding is eluding to is not the beast but the actions caused by the boys while they are afraid of the beast. Also in this setting the island was at peace with only true beauty but, then humanity came and committed the first
In the third passage of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the usage of word choice and symbolism foreshadows the possible danger that is present on the island with Ralph and Piggy because of the boy’s dependence on their past life in modern society. After Piggy tells Ralph that they would most likely die on the island, the heat of the sun “seemed to increase” and that the water “attacked them blinding effulgence,” which implies that the urgency of the problem has finally set in with the boys. The significance of the words “attacked” and “effulgence” represents how the boys have realized that they do not know anything about the island and that they are in potential danger. By being on the island, the boys have more freedom in their decisions,
The final act which causes this rubber band to snap is Simon’s death, which causes chaos among the boys, as they are divided into the guilt-ridden and the remorseless. At the height of this chaos Piggy, the symbol of intelligence and civility, is killed by one of Jack’s hunters. All of the boys took part in some horrible events. This supports Golding’s major argument throughout the novel, which is that evil is an inborn trait of mankind.
William Golding is making many references to Revelations the New Testament within Lord of the Flies, from a simple title of a chapter to something that happens in the book. An allusion in Lord of the Flies is the reference to the beast. The beast is spoken of in Revelations chapter 13 of the New Testament, it states, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea” (Revelations 13:1). This quote goes with the title of Chapter 5 in Lord of the Flies, “Beast from Water” ( Lord of the Flies 76). The similarities are that both of the beasts rise up from the water or the sea.
IMAGERY William Golding’s uses figurative language throughout Lord of the Flies to make the characters and plot become animate in the reader’s mind. It leads the audience to a better understanding of the setting and events, and therefore, is more entertaining. Metaphors are a piece of imagery used commonly throughout Lord of the Flies. A metaphor is used in describing the beach when the boys first land on the island.
Everyone has this underlying darkness within them that is hidden away deep inside the nooks and crannies of their hearts. Golding demonstrates this through the use of his major characters, Ralph and Jack. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the author William Golding utilizes character development to suggest the idea that when individuals are separated from civilization, dark forces will arise and threaten unity and harmony. Golding presents the protagonist, Ralph, who is decently intelligent and completely civilized, to demonstrate how once individuals are pulled away from civilization, the dark forces within them will arise and change how they are for the time being.
Through all of these traumatic events, the reader of Lord of the Flies understands how Golding shows how younger males can lose their innocence throughout events like murders. The boys from the island shall never forget their innocence but they will always long to have it
The end of Lord of the Flies leaves readers with a lot to think about. There are many different ways to interpret the story, and many readers were unhappy with the unanswered questions. This bombardment of questions led Golding to give many lectures to readers regarding the Lord of the Flies. He published his lectures in a written essay titled “Fable”.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel, where a group of young British boys are lost on an island after their plane crash lands. Throughout the novel William Golding utilization of literary devices are used to reveal a theme for the novel, civilization and lives of innocent boys are destroyed and lost due to the savagery of the boys ', desire for power, and fear of the unknown. William Golding utilizes three important literary devices throughout the novel, symbolism, of when the conch is destroyed civilization on the island is gone, irony as the civilize British boys turn savages, and foreshadowing the deaths of the boys on the island. In the novel Lord of the Flies, symbolism was the most important literary device used by William
Firstly, the contrast between how Jack treats Piggy and Ralph shows how the characters live in a dehumanized state because of a social hierarchy. “’ You didn’t hunt.’ ‘No more did Ralph,’ said Piggy wetly”(78). In this quote Jack is refusing to give Piggy meat, but allowing Ralph to have some.
He admitted the he was sort of a brat and a bully when he was little (“lambert”). According to the New York Times, Golding is quoted as saying “ ‘I enjoyed hurting people’ ” (“Lambert”). Therefore in the book, characters known as Ralph, Piggy, and samneric went to talk to Jack about Piggy’s specs that were stolen, not