Lord Of The Flies

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Lord Of The Flies


Lord of flies
Essay

In the 'Lord of Flies'; William Golding does tell us a story about a group of English boys
stranded on a Pacific Island, in the literal level but in a more allegorical level he
tells a story about corruption of innocence, brutality/savagery and
victimisation/prejudice through the characters of Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Simon.
Interesting stylistic features such as symbolism and omnipotent narrator make this story
more than just a simple story.


Ralph can be seen as a fair head boy, tall, well built and the major character of the
novel. In a deeper sense Ralph represents Law, order and authority but not in a tyrannic
way, he also represents democracy and justice. It is also through his eyes we see loss of
innocence.

'…Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart…';
In the above quote Ralph cries after piggy is killed.
Jack can be seen as a cruel, ugly, skinny, and the leader of choir at first then the
leader of hunters. In a deeper sense Jack represents dictatorship and a primitive hunter.
His leadership depends on in the ability to threaten and frighten those under him. His
victory over piggy represents the triumph of violence over intellect, his knife represents
death and destruction. It is through jack we see Brutality and savagery.

Piggy is a typical obese young boy with brains, but in more he can be seen as a boy with
civilised and scientific mind. His scientific mind can be seen when he talks about the
beast:

' I know there isn't not beast- not with claws and all that…';
It is through Piggy we see victimisation/prejudice.
'Shut up fatty!';(Jack)
' You let me speak I got the conch…';
In the above quote we see piggy being the victim because of his low class.
Simon is a sensitive, epileptic and religious boy who is wiling to work and is brave in
the face of physical danger. He is right about 'beast'; but is wrong in underestimating
the power of this evil. He discovers in the conversation with lord of flies the even he
contains the evil within and it cannot be destroyed physically. Simon the Saint was the
only hope for the new society but unfortunately he is mistaken for the beast and killed by
the savages including Piggy and Ralph.

'What I mean is... Maybe it's only us.'
In this quote Simon shows us his common sense and reasoning.
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