Juxtaposition In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Buddha once said that “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” Lord of the Flies explores this idea of the nature of mankind as the reader learns about the experience of a group of boys deserted on an island without adults who must take it upon themselves to survive. As the novel progresses the reader sees the boys navigate the responsibilities of a civilization, a struggle for power, and how fear will drive them to go as far as murder. Golding starts to develop one of the major themes of this novel in chapter nine when as a storm is brewing Simon climbs up the mountain to investigate the “beast” which the boys have been talking about. Upon realizing that it is just a dead parachutist, he crawls back down …show more content…
One example of juxtaposition being used is when Golding is contrasting Simon with the Lord of the Flies (145). Golding is able to show how pure Simon is by putting him next to the Satan or devil character. This shows not only how Simon’s character is but also uses that character development to show how uncharacteristic this is of the boys. They weren’t killing the bad guy or the villain but the good guy. This helps to factor in how fear might have contributed to their killing of Simon. They did not have justification in killing Simon but through the fear they built up in their mind they somehow convinced themselves that it was okay. Another example of Golding’s use of juxtaposition is when it says “The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise something about a body on the hill” to contrast Simon with the beast (152). Golding is showcasing the vast differences between their characters by showing how the beast will fight back and be cruel just to be evil while Simon was just trying to tell them about the parachute man. These uses of juxtaposition are significant in developing the theme because they help to develop Simon’s character which in turn shows how horrible his killing was. This horribleness helps to show how their fear may have contributed to his killing because no one who was in their …show more content…
The reader learns how every human is in control of their own actions and feelings and that although they may be influenced by other people, they only fear what they let themselves fear. In other words, they control their future. In the case of Lord of the Flies, the boys’ lack of control over their emotions and specifically their fear resulted in the killing of Simon. In conclusion, Golding’s use of rhetorical devices has a significant impact on the development of one of the major themes. The reader comes to understand that they must remain in control of their emotions because the events which occur in Lord of the Flies should not occur in real

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