The author of Lord of the Flies William Golding makes the claim that people are inherently evil and savage. Countless times throughout the novel, Golding compares the young male characters to animals in their actions, thoughts and recent ways of life. From the moment they landed on the deserted island to just a few hours further in time, it seems like the boys already begin to act in a savage manner. Some of the literary devices that Golding uses during the gruesome story to convey the message that people are inherently evil and savage, are motifs, archetypes, and imagery. One way Golding shows that people are inherently evil is through the use of motifs. The most common word that the author used was the verb trot. The word “trot” in itself doesn't make a big difference to the reader. It’s when Golding repeats the use of the word “trot” that describes the way the boys run that begins to engrave this animalistic way …show more content…
For example Golding describes how the boys make awful and evil decisions that affect nature. “Somewhere over the darkened curve of the world the sun and moon were pulling; and the film of water on the earth planet was held, bulging slightly on one side while the solid core turned. The great wave of the tide moved further along the island and the water lifted. Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out towards the open sea.”(Golding, 221) This quote is right after the part of the book where the group kills Simon and Ralph ends up lying to Piggy about doing so. Golding reveals the fact that man is inherently evil through this imagery where Simon is killed, which is a representation of man killing all that is good. This detailed imagery is a great representation of how Golding uses Imagery to show how people are inherently
Lord of The Flies: Human Nature Are humans instinctively evil? Savage? In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, young boys are left to organize themselves into a society to keep balance and peace on the island. When the society crumbles beneath their feet, one must ask these questions. The downfall and overall plot of the book is largely telling of human nature, and may be a smaller analogy for human nature in itself.
In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, there are many symbolic concepts within the novel such as the beast, and the pigs head. Golding uses these concepts to portray to the reader his idea that when humans are left without rules or organisation they will break from a civilised manner and become savages allowing evil to over take them. One of the most important symbols used to help the reader understand Golding's idea is the beast. Many of the boys believe their is a beast on the island and become fearful.
They all lost control and they all thought that Simon was the beast and took the violent way of things. “ Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon’s dead body moved out toward the open sea” (Golding 154). This quote is showing that overtime society always breaks down even if there are rules, leaders, and everything is going good. This relates to society today because society today people are protesting, rioting, and our society is falling apart and so are people with all of the division. The second quote happens when Piggy and Ralph had just gone up to Castle Rock to try to retrieve piggy’s glasses but in the meantime Jack was planning something unspeakable.
These are all large themes in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. When a group of young boys crash into and uncharted island they are rebirthed like a flower because there is no society to tell them what to do so they must come up with their own rules. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the falling of a leader, as well as irony, demonstrates that losing hope of rescue can drive people to savagery. In William Goldings Lord of the Flies the antagonist Jack, once the hunter of the group, turns to savagery and takes most of the other boys with him.
Golding uses allusions to the Bible to help develop his theme, a deeper meaning that he is trying to make. For instance, when Golding first describes the island the boys land on, he is making an allusion to the Bible’s Garden of Eden. The island is perfect, abundant with food and resources, just like the Garden of Eden. Simon and Ralph have been working on huts all day while Jack has been hunting unsuccessfully. Ralph and Jack have an argument about importance of huts over hunting, Simon wanting to escape this goes to the forest.
The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of young boys who are stranded on an island and attempt to survive. The internal and external conflicts they face descend them into savagery. Golding’s writing indicates many lessons that can be carried over into real life. The isolation and conditions the boys endured on the island changed them, and their uncovered characteristics reflect how, in the right circumstances, the beast within people can emerge. Rather than the island corrupting the boys, the boys and their evil nature ended up corrupting the island.
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young boys get stranded on an island with no adults in the midst of a war. The boys were orderly and civilized in the beginning but then as they began killing pigs they slowly became savages and lost their civilization. The boys began turning on each other and the evil within them became present. Golding uses a variety of literary devices including personification, symbols, metaphors, and irony, to project the theme that pure and realistic people in the world can be unheard and destroyed by evil.
Golding portrays mans evil through the boys' need to undermine others. In the beginning of the book Jack becomes obsessed with hunting the wild pigs that live on the island. “Jack was bent double. He was down like a sprinter, his nose only a few inches from the humid earth … Then dog-like, uncomfortably on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort,
Humans are complex creatures. Understanding human nature is difficult, but the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding helps to show what true human nature looks like. Humans are inherently evil, but that evil is hidden by societal dictates. Throughout the novel, the human societal mask is stripped away and true human nature can be seen. Society enforces rules and trends that people feel they must follow.
Throughout human history, evil or cruelty exist in various shapes and sizes; furthermore, it can be seen through Hitler's concentration camps and to the US Japanese internment camps. Various novels portray these situations, such as “Schindler's list” and “Farewell to Manzanar.” Some novels, however portray the evil and cruelty of human society such as the Lord of Flies, and it is a novel that detects the flaw of society to the defects of human nature. William Golding, the author of the Lord of the Flies, emphasise a person of innocence, turning into savagery due to evil within them. It emphasises that evil is a trait of humankind that cannot be destroyed.
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
The hidden savagery of humans that is dormant because of civilization is presented in Lord of the Flies through its symbolism, repetition and diction. The struggle for power and control on the island led to the exposure of savage nature that is present in the boys who were forced into a lawless place. Throughout the novel reason and logic are abandoned, causing the boys to act on whims and be controlled by their instincts rather than control themselves. Civilization has dampened human’s savage ways, but believing that there are no consequences could lead to the downfall of humanity and the return of the primitive ways society believes it has abandoned. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies to expose the hidden savagery that humans possess and how if humans aren’t careful they will become the savages
In Lord of the Flies, Golding explores the idea that human nature, when left without the regulations of society, will become barbaric. As one of the prevailing themes in his work, the dark side of human nature is represented through the novel, not only in symbols and motifs, but in his characters as well. The dark side of human nature is an integral part of the novel 'Lord of the Flies.' William Golding, a British novelist employs symbols, motifs and characters to create the idea that human nature, without civilisation will become barbaric.
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.