William Golding's Lord Of The Flies: Character Analysis

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“Lord of the Flies” is a direct translation of Beelzebub, a biblical demon though to be the devil himself. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is the progression of savagery among a group of schoolboys that crashed on an island. Throughout the entire novel, the children appear less civilized and more barbarous. After a beast becomes a threat to the kids, a sow’s head is placed on a stick for a sacrifice. With that sacrifice, however, many things go unplanned. In Lord of the Flies, the children’s fears themselves, along with death and decivilization, are represented by a sow’s head, or the Lord of the Flies. Every kid on the island has a view of the beast. But is the beast just the kids themselves? Some see it as an actual figure, while others know it is just a fictional fear they have. Simon has a great way of explaining this. “What I mean is… maybe it is only us” (89). This is one of the first times that somebody said the beast could be just a fear, rather than a real thing. Simon understands the underlying fact that there is a presence of fear and evil within everyone. The Lord of the Flies even states that the beast is a part of Simon and the others. “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?” (143). The Lord…show more content…
Even though there is no physical representation of the beast, there is a part of it in every human. The Lord of the Flies appeared in the story right before Simon was murdered. Everybody acted like nothing happened. Is this just a path to decivilization? Ralph saw and destroyed the Lord of the Flies just before a hunt to kill him took place. This hunt was a direct correlation between savagery and decivilization. Overall, the Lord of the Flies showed how a group of boys would act without any of the rules of society holding them back. The Lord of the Flies reveals how much ones fear can create an illusion that can lead to death and
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