Arya Dhungana Blosser Language Arts Period 3 9 December 2015 Lord of the Flies Analysis Essay William Golding’s book, Lord of the Flies, is about a group of boys that are stuck on an island after their plane crashes. They must be able to create a fair civilization and all agree on it. One of the many themes of this book is that man is intrinsically evil at the core. The body paint, the beast, and the pig hunts all symbolize and support this theme. To begin with, the body paint shows how everybody wears a mask to hide their true self.
The usage of the boys’ fright of the beast helps justify Jack’s oppressive rule of the boys and the savagery he makes. He makes the beast like a type of god in order to spark the groups’ bloodlust and form a cult like perspective regarding the hunt. The boys’ faith in the beast creates a religious undertone in Lord of the Flies, since the boys’ numerous nightmares on the beast ultimately undertakes the formation of a solitary creature that they all fear and believe. Jack’s group harness this faith of the nightmare, by leaving the pig’s head on a stick as a gift and an offering to the beast. The skull symbolizes a type of religious object with phenomenal intellectual power, urging the boys to forsake their need for civilization and structure and fall into their savage and ferocious impulses.
Their plane has crashed and has left no adult survivors. They must find a way to survive together in harmony; however in this novel they live in anything but harmony. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies young boys instincts take over progressively through the symbolism of the beast; showing them losing their minds to a beast inside of their heads in different forms: fear, a need for protection, and a need to kill. Ralph’s description of the choir in the beginning of the book shows the way the beast in their mind twists things that aren’t a threat into a threat through fear; this foreshadows that a beast or beasts may show up or be created later in the book through imagery. Fear is a
In conclusion, the theme of the lord of the flies is that all men are evil. William Golding shows this through his use of Jack's insistence on rules, then Jack's descent into madness, then his introduction of the beastie, all to drive home the point that everyone, even children, is evil. Lord of The Flies is a book that can teach the reader about the inherent darkness in everyone, and how important society is in maintaining
I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?’” (page 143). This passage is when the Lord of the Flies is speaking with Simon. It says how it is part of them and that is why things are the way they are. They believed the Beast was something that they could hunt down, but it was the dark side that lied within each of them.
The Lord of the Flies goes on to give more words of taunting wisdom to Simon. “This is ridiculous. You know you’ll only meet me down there - so don’t try to escape!” (Golding 143). The beast, the evil within the boys, is something inescapable. It is something rooted deep within them that cannot be changed.
Starting as a figment of the boys imagination and fear of the dark, the beast drew each boy to care about their own survival rather than the state of the society . Being Ralph’s rival as leader, Jack, says the beast is not real and brings a group to hunt it(Golding 75). On their mission, they discover the deceased pilot from the plane hanging from a tree but mistakenly believe it is the beast, thus greatening the boys fear. The more fearful they are, the more savage and the more primitive they become. As the conches color fades, so does everyone's humanity(Golding 78).
“This head is for the beast. It’s a gift” (137) This quote was stated by Jack and it shows how primitive he had become. In the beginning, he could not even lay the weapon on the pig, but in this chapter, he killed and chopped the pig’s head to give it to the non-existent beast. Moreover, Simon’s death manifests how brutal the boys could be. When Simon encountered the Lord of the Flies, it stated, “You knew, didn’t you?
After one of the littluns are talking about how the beast could possibly live in the water and come out to eat them at night, due to not having evidence of the beast, Simon proposes an idea to the littluns and biguns.“What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us”(Golding 64) Simon proposes this idea to his friends, even though everyone laughed at Simon's idea of the beast it is central to Golding's idea of the fear of isolation. The fear that the boys have of being alone in the island is reconciled with the beastie.
Due to Jack’s increasing obsession with hunting pigs, his clear dislike for anyone who disagrees with his thoughts and the fact that he is slowly gaining more support from the other boys, leads me to believe the novel will end with Jack murdering Piggy, symbolizing complete detachment from morality since Piggy symbolizes civil thought. If I were to rewrite this conclusion I would have Jack realize the importance of order, make a compromise with Ralph, and peacefully have the group rescued from the island. In my opinion, Ralph is the one of most compelling characters in this novel. Although Ralph symbolizes order and civilization during certain points of the book he struggles to overcome savage desires. Despite being angry with Jack for letting the fire go out, when Jack and his hunters tell the rest of the group about their hunt Ralph sits quietly and is filled with envy.