Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

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The author George R.R Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs” (Martin). Savagery is a common theme in literature. The novel Lord of the Flies is a good example of this. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding presents the story of a group of British boys who are stranded on an island after their plane is shot down. At first, the boys attempt to build a civilization based on rules and order. They elect Ralph as their leader. The boys split up into two groups: a group that is responsible for hunting, and a group that is responsible for a signal fire. However, as time progresses, the group that is responsible for hunting becomes more and more savage. One reason for this savagery is a constant fear of an unknown “beast” on the island. The hunting group, led by Jack, breaks from the group responsible for the signal fire as a result of this savagery. Conflict eventually breaks out between the two groups, leading to the deaths of two of the boys: Simon and Piggy. Despite attempting to create an orderly society, the boys ultimately descend into evil and savagery when an irrational fear controls them. In the novel Lord of The Flies, Golding argues that when humans are consumed by fear of the unknown, humanity’s inherent evil is revealed, ultimately causing a regression into savagery.
Golding uses symbolism to prove that mankind’s inherent malice can be unleashed through…

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