Essay about Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

1035 Words Oct 26th, 2014 5 Pages
William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, was written in 1954 in the post world war 2 era. This is where Golding drew his inspiration for his novel. One of the major themes, good vs. evil, can be closely tied to the religious allegory and the struggle between good and evil within the war. Religion also plays a major role in the novel because many characters and objects can be thought of as symbols for it. Through Golding’s work the theme of good vs. evil, shown through Jack and Ralph, Simon and LOTF and flies and butterflies, supports the Lord of the Flies as a religious allegory.
Ralph and Jack’s constant conflict throughout the novel can be equated to the constant struggle between God and the Devil or good and evil. Jack is Ralph’s opposite. He is "the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, and skill (Bufkin 40-57)"; Ralph, "the world of longing and baffled common-sense (Bufkin 40-57)." They are "two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate (Bufkin 40-57)." “Jack is tall, thin, and bony: in a word, ugly. He is the evil man, the boy devil. He is associated with Satan through his red hair; his anger, rage, and cursing; and the snake and swine images applied to him (Bufkin 40-57).” Jack is being associated with Satan who is the exact opposite of what Ralph stands for. Ralph has the requirements to be the hero and the representative of good. He has the traditionally fair hair of the good man, the attractive appearance, and the ability…

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