The Emnity Of Man Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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are?”(143) Civility can never preside on the island because of the extreme diabolism dominating. Signs of evil are also shown through the symbols that William Golding illustrates in the novel. The face paint that the boys coat themselves with is really a shield from innocence. With this disguise, the boys can ignore the rules from the outside world and give way to the internal savage in each of them. With the face paint, the cruelty and inhumanity is unleashed. Golding writes, “He was safe from shame and self-consciousness behind the mask of his paint and could look at each of them in turn.”(140) Another symbol Golding uses is fire. In one way fire was symbolized security and a connection to the outside world. The signal fire was the strongest link to civilization on the

island. Since Jack was leader of incivility and misrule, he used fire as a destructive tool. First, he used fire to cook meat from the hunt. Afterwards, fire was used to destroy all order left on the island. Golding vividly describes the fire’s enormity. “The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly toward a line of birch-like saplings that fledged an outcrop of the pink rock.”(44) The fire was a symbol of the destruction of the innocent. The society that Ralph establishes is ultimately destroyed by the overwhelming evil bestowed in the boys. Golding proves that without reason, mankind is measured by the strength of evil. Jack proved most ambitious and also possessed intelligence without sense . He was able to manipulate,

deceive, and transform the island into savagery and chaos. The good in humanity seems lost in the end as one sees the loss of Simon and then Piggy. Ralph remains alive but in many ways has been broken by the shadows of man. Golding closes the novel with the protagonist, Ralph weeping for once was. He is unable to go back to what he once knew. “And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of a man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”(202)