Lord of the files - theme Essay

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lord of the files - theme

Freedom: Lack of Restrictions


"This is our island. It is a good island until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have
fun" (Golding 35). The lack of restrictions on the island in Lord of the Flies affected
the way the boys acted on a day-to-day basis. The lack of leadership and the failure to
cooperate caused the boys to split, and rebel against each other. Without restrictions,
the boys ruled themselves and answered to no one, except those they were loyal to or
feared. The boys found out that no one is really in control and they can do what they
wish, although they may face consequences for it. There is a lack of restrictions on the
island and the boys have freedom to do what they want. This is shown by their lack of
caring for each other and the tasks that they are assigned.

The boys on the island tried to work together at first, but that failed because of a lack
of strong leadership and irresponsibility among the children. "You remember the meeting?
How everyone was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?" said Ralph, the boy
trying to keep order on the island (Golding 50). The above quote demonstrates that the
boys do what they please; they truly listen to no one and choose their own paths. The lack
of restrictions causes the boys to slack off, even knowing that there are no immediate
repercussions for their actions. "No grownups!" cried one of the boys (Golding 8). This
comment shows that the boys are free, and no one is there to tell them what to do.
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