Solidification In Lord Of The Flies

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The significance of the closing scene is depicted through the solidification of the immature mindsets that the boys still obtain. Amidst the cacophony of ululation cries and rustling branches, Ralph is being hunted by Jack’s clan of boys that face moral degradation as their savage games progressively grow malicious after the death of both Piggy and Simon. In pursuit of Ralph, Jack and his hunters set the forest a flame in order to narrow Ralph’ ability to escape. The fire in turn attracts the attention of a naval ship, inciting the crew to land on the island as Ralph is running away from Jack. Once all the boys reach the beach, they encounter the adults that now take precedence as the authoritative figures on the island. The boys, now in contact with adults, society, understand their moral wrongdoing under the scrutiny of the adult naval officer and all begin to cry. Ralph begins to cry for their cumulative loss of innocence, the evil their hearts obtain, and the wrongful murder of Piggy whose sole purpose was to maintain social stability and order.Their expression of emotions through crying, makes the boys vulnerable as immature children, solidifying the idea that even as children, innate malice lives within all of man. Ralph further understands the cruelty within man’s heart as the naval officer ironically degrades the boy 's ability to maintain civilization as he continues to participate in the annihilation of his own enemies in the war. …show more content…

The juxtaposed realizations of ralph 's own instinctual malice, the boy’s savagery, and the world’s malice as a whole provides a foundation for the notion that man is inherently evil, the primary theme Lord of the Flies

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