Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1318 Words Dec 19th, 2014 6 Pages
“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool,"-Albert Camus. The Human Condition represents the ideas, problems, and abilities that people have. People can be capable of great love; but also are capable of hate, torture, rape, and war. The main concern is if humans are innately good or bad. Are humans both good and bad, born with one or the other, or taught to be good or bad? In the fiction dystopian novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Golding presents his ideas on the human condition. This novel is about a group of young boys fighting for survival when they are stranded on an inhabited island. The boys attempt to organize themselves with rules and order. They soon face hardships which ultimately drives them to become savages, destroying themselves. Through this novel, Golding conveys his perspective on the human condition using symbolism, like the sow 's head, Jack 's knife, and conch shell. The major themes throughout the book are: humans are inherently evil, violent, and without rules people will turn to anarchy. Using the sow 's head for symbolism, it represents the evil in every human 's soul. The description of the sow 's head provides a graphic view of savagery, "dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth," (Golding 137). Golding utilizes the gory details of the sow 's head in order to personify the evil and savagery inside humans. The evil in humans can range from evil in, religion, society,…

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