Lord Of The Flies Survival Analysis

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A young man alone and afraid, about 13 or 14, and unknowledgeable of how to sustain life on his own. He is surrounded by trees, water, and the other young people who have crashed with him. He and his schoolmates must learn to survive. Sustain himself, withstand each other, and survive the obstacles provided by the island that he encounters. Survival of the fittest, the smartest and the bravest. In the book, Lord of the Flies. this is what the author, William Golding, was trying to portray. A case of survival in what seems like a helpless situation. There are many different tactics used for survival, how the characters interact with each other in order to survive, the book setting, placing itself in between realism and allegory, and how religion …show more content…
Some characters turn savage, whilst others try to sustain humanism. Golding believed in the fall of man pertaining to the Christian religious faith, showing we are either born into sin or we gradually grow into sin. Even though it shows there is no escape for intelligence, represented by piggy, and common sense, represented by Ralph, “They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority” (Golding pg50), from being overthrown by totalitarianism, represented by Jack, and sadism, represented by Roger. The evils in the world prevail while the needed is demolished, this stays true for the actions of the characters on the island. Jack and the other choir boys turn savage and start on a rampage to take down Ralph and his group of highly educated and more composed group of boys. This leads to major throwbacks for both groups of boys and in some of the cases, even death. It could’ve been avoided if the boys would’ve worked together and went out for the basic necessities: food, water, shelter, and a way to draw the attention of people to help, most likely the boys wouldn’t have turned savage and killed some of the others. The children, though they have been taught many qualities to be good and to remain disciplined, are easily overthrown by worldly and …show more content…
The most recognizable are the pig’s head and the fall of man. The very title of the book itself is an allegory to the devil. “The Lord of the Flies” translates to “Baal-zebub”, which is the Hebrew name of Lucifer or the Devil. However, rather than connecting the term to a literal character, Golding relates it to a different and more modern idea of the Devil: the ideas of destruction, betrayal, pride, and the difficulties faced on the island. Throughout the book, we witness the changing of the boys from innocent people trying to survive on an island to bloodthirsty heathens who revel in murderous acts and causing others pain, discomfort, or panic. This represents the fall of man into disorder and chaos. The most representable character in the novel to the Devil (Lucifer) is the pig’s head. Also, another biblical reference can be made with the temptation of Simon, a character many see as a Christ figure, and the pig’s head, a representation of the Devil. Just as seen in the Bible, the pig’s head tried to lure Simon into his game, just as the Devil did with

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