Essay on Analysis Of William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

1021 Words Oct 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Shanaz Deen

The recurring doctrine of balance has been around since the beginning of civilization. There is a balance between day and night, yin and yang, and most importantly, good and evil. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, common opposing forces found in humanity are hidden and discussed under the literal plot. Golding uses diction and symbolism to demonstrate his ideas about the necessity for balance between good and evil, forces that are present in every aspect of society. Political, religious, philosophical, and universal features are discussed in the plot by using symbols to present contrasting ideas. Politics, like a democracy and dictatorship, are portrayed using two main characters, Ralph and Jack. Ralph constantly shows democratic values through his actions and words. He asserts that “the rules are the only thing we’ve got!” (91) when the boys begin to defy them and disrespect others. Being a firm believer in working together, he suggests the idea for assemblies that will “decide things” (79). Golding’s utilization of words such as “we,” “everyone,” “debate,” “meeting,” and “fundamental statements” indicates Ralph’s democratic values. Contrary to democracy, a dictatorship possesses authoritarian values that are expressed in the plot through Jack. From the start, Jack challenges Ralph’s power and tries to gain complete authority over the island. Similar to a dictator, he campaigns his strengths during the election by announcing “[he is] chapter chorister…

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