how is violence presented in lord of the flies Essay

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How is violence presented in Lord of the Flies?
Planning (remember to get quotes):
Key ideas:
Setting -> This island -> pathetic fallacy, descriptions
Binary oppositions: Civilisation vs savagery (breakdowns). Zoomorphism
Binary oppositions: Dictatorship vs democracy (juxtapositions)
Deaths of Simon and Piggy – animalistic, savage chanting, violent behaviour when they let their temptations get the better of them.
Simon and the beast?
Conclusion – end of the novel

William Golding explores the theme of violence throughout his novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. He believed that every individual has the potential to bring out their inner evil, and that every human being is flawed in their nature. Hence, he wrote a novel with
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Another example of violence on the island is expressed through Golding’s description of features generally associated with islands - “skull-like” and “decaying” coconuts. These adjectives have oppressive connotations. Furthermore, the “witch-like cry” symbolises evil, and this creates appositions with the previous optimistic impression of the island, which hints to the readers that this island may not really be as magical as deemed.

Another way the theme of violence is presented across the novel, is through the binary oppositions – principally the theme of civilisation versus savagery. The established division between the two groups of boys each represent a certain aspect to society. The characters (predominantly) Ralph, Piggy and Simon represent civilisation with the use of the conch to display order and control during the organised and contained meetings. On the other hand, there is Jack who leads his hunters (or his “tribe”), representing savagery. At first they work together, but disagreements shortly lead to to dehumanisation of their relationships – following progression from a “shy liking” between Jack and Ralph, to Jack trying to kill ralph towards the novel’s resolution. The fundamental peak of this opposition is present during the undeniable temptation of hunger, when Ralph and Piggy join the hunters as their desperation for food takes over. The metaphorical imagery set

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