Theme Of Power In Lord Of The Flies

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Strength and power can allure an individual to a point where the appeal is intoxicating them so greatly that they are incapable of either realizing or resisting the attraction. As a result, it mutates their sense of reality to the point of no return. This connects strongly to one of the major conflicts the boys struggle within Lord of the Flies written by William Golding. In the novel, Golding displays the boys' conflict with power and order. In the beginning, the boys are eager and celebratory about being alone on this island with no adults since now they can be in charge. While towards the middle and end of the book, the boys clash and argue with each other about who's going to have more power. As a consequence, all their sophistication and …show more content…

It is used to present the theme of the novel and it is a tangible source of evil from Jack’s tribe. Golding's description of the slaughtered animal's head on a spear is very graphic and even frightening. The pig's head is depicted as "dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth," and the "obscene thing" is covered with a "black blob of flies" that "tickled under his nostrils" (137, 138). As a result of this detailed, striking image, the reader becomes aware of the great evil and darkness represented by the Lord of the Flies, and when Simon begins to converse with the seemingly inanimate, devil-like object, the source of that wickedness is revealed. Even though the conversation may be entirely a hallucination, Simon learns that the beast, which has long since frightened the other boys on the island, is not an external force. In fact, the head of the slain pig tells him, "Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill! ...You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you?" (143). That is to say, the evil, epitomized by the pig's head, that is causing the boys' island society to decline is that which is inherently present within man. At the end of this scene, the immense evil represented by this powerful symbol can once again be seen as Simon faints after looking into the wide mouth of the pig and seeing "blackness within, a blackness that spread" (p. 144). Meaning that everyone has lost control with power and themselves turning into

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