Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1861 Words Oct 26th, 2014 8 Pages
The Fight for What Is Right

Morals guide people throughout life and its challenging circumstances. People rely on their sense of morality to remain constant so that they can determine what is good and what is evil. However, the ever changing environment provides new circumstances that often conflict with a person’s seemingly unbreakable morals. The boys in Lord of the Flies by William Golding undergo traumatic experiences that put their morality to the test. In Lord of the Flies, the struggle of Ralph, Jack, the hunters, Piggy, and Simon to resist evil and remain good while on the deserted island proves how the novel is a moral allegory because their internal conflicts add another level to the story. Ralph’s struggle with morality and his effect on the other boys’ morals aligns with the symbolic state of the conch and their clothing. Ralph notices how their clothes are “worn away, stiff like his own sweat, put on, not for decorum or comfort but out of custom” and discovers “with a little fall of the heart that these were the conditions he took as normal now” (97). The deterioration of Ralph’s and the other boys’ clothing symbolizes a loss of self and morality. The boys’ essence fades as their clothing falls apart and shifts purposes. Their clothing becomes a faint echo of the lives they used to live and the morals they once lived by. Ralph suggests that they (Piggy, Samneric, and Ralph) should wash up to clean their filthy clothes and bodies (155). He is trying to remind…

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