Religious Parallels Lord of the Flies Essays

603 Words Oct 28th, 2012 3 Pages
William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel from numerous perspectives. It draws societal parallels to a post-war world, political parallels to different methods of government, and even psychoanalytical parallels to the psychological models of Freud. One of the most prominent allegories contained in the story is its parallel to the Bible. William Golding creates these parallels in many different ways, through both settings, and the actions of characters. Interestingly, every religious allegory in Lord of the Flies is incomplete; they are similar to events in the Bible, but none of them are completely synonymous. Golding's creates a unique stance on Christianity by his flawed allegories to the Garden of Eden and Jesus’ …show more content…
Yet another connection the Garden of Eden appears in the “beastie” that the boys are afraid of; it is often connected to the serpent in the garden that tempts Eve and causes original sin. These connections, however, are far from ideal. The island is indeed close to utopian, but there is the “long scar” (7) from the airplane crash. Golding probably rejected the idea that anything, even if created by God, could be perfect. Also, the serpent in the bible is always thought of as an external force, such as the devil, whereas Simon will eventually learn that the beast is not an external but an internal fear. This could be interpreted to mean the Golding did not believe that original sin came from an outside force; rather, it is an inherent part of human nature. Golding’s characterization of Simon creates a strong link between his actions on the island and the life of Jesus in the gospels. The first major example of this is when Simon is walking through the woods and is followed by the littluns:
[The littluns] talked, cried out unintelligibly […]. Then, amid the roar of bees in the afternoon sunlight, Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands. When he had satisfied them he paused and looked round.”

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