Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essays

1221 Words Apr 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Many famous works of literature draw upon the world’s most famous book for plot devices, character traits, and over-arching motifs. John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost is a complete retelling of the story of Adam and Eve. C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and, more recently, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter both feature Christ-like sacrifices at one point in these series. For centuries, literary writers have toyed with adding Christian themes to their works, even if subtly. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is yet another example of a novel that features very faint biblical allusions that are adroitly sewn into the narrative. During arguably the most important scene in the novel, Golding depicts conflict and temptation through Simon and the Lord of the Flies, mirroring the similar thematic event between Jesus and Satan in the Bible. Ultimately, this conflict depicts Simon as a figure outside the question of order versus chaos, and further complicates the novel’s intricate message of the coexistence of civilization and savagery. Through Simon’s spiritual connection to nature and his untimely death, Golding is able to draw slight parallels between Simon and Jesus Christ. Before Simon’s demise, the boy is drawn to a glade on the island. Simon becomes in awe with the butterflies, plants, and overall beauty of this glade, which conveys his deep relationship with nature. Simon’s ability to connect with nature is transforming and spiritual, as he is attracted to this clearing…

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