Exploring The Pitfalls Of Religion Through Religious Symbolism

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Exploring the Pitfalls of Religion Through Religious Symbolism

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies contains many allusions to the bible. While this heavy use of Christian symbolism in the novel may lead readers to infer that it is a biblical parable, the many inconsistencies within Golding’s own own analogies suggest otherwise. It is true that the novel’s similarities to the bible are intentional on Golding’s part, but these similarities often deviate at important points, suggesting that the Lord of the flies is not so much a confirmation of the bible’s teachings as an ironic criticism of them. Golding warns against the dangers of religion by discrediting the Christian belief in an external force of evil, by demonstrating the dangers of religious frenzy, showing the drawbacks of seeing things from a spiritual perspective, and demonstrating how each of these negative characteristics of religion directly lead to the boys’ descent into savagery.
First, Golding invalidates the concept that evil is an external force by introducing and then discrediting the comparison of the island to the garden of Eden. Despite the horrific events occurring atop it, the island itself seems to be a “good island” (34), reminiscent of Eden, with its pleasant scenery, plentiful fruits, and Elysian weather. Appropriately, the first thing Ralph does after landing on the island is to bathe in the water, an act similar to the baptism of Adam and Eve in the old Testament. Golding remains faithful…

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