Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

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In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses a multitude of characters, settings images, and symbols to shows the true nature of mankind. One of the topics used in his work is the sense that the world has both positive and negative aspects. In his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the contrasting images of flies and the butterflies and the characterization of Jack and Simon to show that everything in life has duality.
The characterization of Simon represents the Christ-like figure, the one who is willing to help others in need and who knows the difference between right and wrong. According to Golding, Simon helps Ralph to build the shelters while everyone else was playing on the beach (45). Golding also says “…Simon, sitting between the twins and Piggy, wiped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it…” (62) Simon is willing to make sacrifices for others while most of the other boys don’t have that kind of level of responsible. “Simon was inside the mouth, He fell down and lost consciousness.” He was able to confront the beast and his fears unlike the others (128).He is one of the only characters who truly are come face to face with the beast that is inside of him. “As Simon understands, the only dangerous beast, the true Lord of the Flies, is inside the children themselves.” (Telgen) Simon shows how there is a positive side in duality in life while Jack another character in the novel who shows the opposite, negative…

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