Analysis Of Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Analysis Of Lord Of The Flies Essay, Research Paper Intransigence One of the most important messages conveyed in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies deals with the nature of society. In his book Golding portrays people as inherently evil, a view contrary to most modern beliefs. Golding, unlike others who hold this dismal, view goes to the extreme and through his book shows humanity as a force that purges any elements of good from within itself, allowing only the evil to survive. In Lord of the Flies Golding demonstrates that the ever sought balance between good and evil can never exist outside of established rules, and laws as humanity’s darker side will always assume complete control. The setting for the novel is a small, uninhabited island where a plane has crashed

leaving a group of young boys to fend for themselves. Such a setting isolates the characters form society and civilization, allowing them to explore their own personalities. This isolation allows Golding to demonstrate what happens when rules and laws established by humanity disappear. The first instinct of the lost children is to unite and establish an order which resembles the society they have left. “Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things…Let’s have a vote”(Golding 22). The boys are eager to start their new life on the island and divide up common tasks amongst themselves. During this event the group of older boys without hesitation decides to undertake the most violent tasks. “They could be the army-” “Or hunters-” “Jack’s in charge of the

choir” “They can be-what do you want them to be?” “Hunters.” (Golding 23)After the tasks are assigned a small group of boys is sent out to verify the assumption that they are on an island. During this expedition the small group comes upon a pig which they instinctively decide to attack. “They found a piglet…Jack drew his knife again with a flourish.” Even though the boys manage to restrain themselves from killing the pig, they immediately blurt out excuses to hide their hesitation. “The pause was only long enough for them to realize what the enormity the downward stroke would be… I was choosing a place…I was going to…Next time-!’” (Golding 31) Their response shows that the evil was already contained within the children when they landed on the island

and wasn’t something that developed as a result of their isolation. This evil spreads amongst the boys and later leads to the death of two. As the boys continue to lose the inhibitions from their former lives the three characters who realize what’s happening are in ever increasing danger. Simon, one of the characters representing good, first realizes what is going on during his vision. Being physically weak and susceptible to the sun Simon has the tendency to faint. During one such episode he encounters the sacrifice left for the beast and sees is it as the evil within mankind. During his vision Simon realizes that because man’s evil is so great not even the smallest amount of good can survive. “D’you see? You’re not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on

this island.” (Golding 145) Simon’s new understanding of human nature and his association with Piggy and Ralph are two main reasons which contribute to his death. The boys claiming to dance to celebrate their hunt injure one of their own number; however when their friend gets hurt they realize what they had been doing. When Simon enters the circle after having his vision the boys’ lust overtakes them and they kill him. Piggy similarly to Simon ends up dying because he doesn’t allow the evil to overtake him. During the final events in the story Piggy attempts to reconcile with the other children even though the probability of acceptance from the tribe is minimal. This act, hopeless on Piggy’s part, leads to his demise as the other boys drop a rock on him while he is