Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

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The classic novel Lord of the Flies is William Golding’s method of expressing his world view and what he thinks of human nature. He believes that humans are innately evil, with destructive and violent tendencies that are locked away by a society that condemns such behavior. His use of allegories in this book helps him to further discuss his opinions about how the world is cruel and selfish, but predictable. Most of the things that happen to these young boys are chilling, but Golding believes that they are inevitable in a world where society does not rein. The novel begins when the conch is found and blown by Ralph, calling the first meeting of many. As the other children appear, a hierarchy is subconsciously established due to the large range of ages, going from six to twelve years old. Jack – the head of the choir – decides he would be the perfect chief when they go about electing a leader. Instead, the group elects Ralph – the one “with the shell” in his lap (22). They are already starting to see the conch as a symbol of power and order. The connection between it and Ralph makes him an obvious choice for the leadership position. He accepts the role, but is so “eager to offer something” to Jack that he appoints him as head of the choir (23). Jack makes them hunters, revealing the first piece of his blood-thirsty side. This part of him becomes more and more prominent as the book goes on. Ralph also displays a side of himself – the one that wants to make everything as fair…

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