William Goulding Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Planet earth has witnessed a vast amount of highs and lows that define humans through patterns of world history. Relating back to the birth of civilization, mankind has come a way to be far from that starting point in the early B.C. In order to relate to this beginning time William Goulding wrote during World War II, Lord of the Flies, expressing the innocent can easily be shaped for the destruction of their own people. According to Goulding, mankind is initially wicked; therefore its man-made civilization is imperfect and further destroyed by its own creator. Stories have proven to be simple representations of the flaws found in a systematic society. In Genesis eleven, accounting for the Tower of Babel, the people of the time spoke one language …show more content…
Little boys, no older than thirteen, are stranded on the island during the war and are forced to put their survival skills to the test. Goulding suggests it is more primitive to revert to savagery rather than rules and regulations. The book contains many allegories, meaning that objects are used to present overarching themes. Ralph, the leader, represents a civil view towards handling the situation and Jack shows a thirst for power and savagery. As the two worlds collide, the reader is thrown into a fire pit that consumes the innocent and weak minded. Jack forces his ambitions for meat and leadership to take over himself and those around him. He finds the small evils within each boy and brings it out of them until they are fully converted to wild behavior. Towards the ending of the book, Ralph desperately runs from those left, convinced they must kill him for their own survival. He contemplates “They were savages, it was true, but they were human (196),” each driven to the point where insanity became sanity. There were no blurs between right or wrong, only the drive for wickedness that each existed in each of them prematurely. Jack is easily comparable to a devil figure because of his ability to manipulate and show the innocent a dark path they are not meant to be on. He rules with an iron fist and threatens they will go hungry without …show more content…
In man’s originally state, war absent, possessions were not idolized, and desires were easily controlled thus proving our intentions were for good. Everyone was not given an equal amount of talents amongst each other and therefore there is inequality within us (http://www.quebecoislibre.org/). In The Lord of the Flies, it could be argued that the island corrupted the boys instead of vice versa. The wildness, vastness, and even the idea of a world war occurring at the time could easily lead astray innocent children stranded on an island. Each boy was fighting their own war within themselves and with each other due to the unfair advantages between them. However, from the beginning of the book, it was each of their own choice to become primitive. Jack first heavily resisted killing the pig for the others; however, he gave in the second time and knew for a fact he was taking this pigs life for his own survival. Nothing influenced him except his own mind, later on he even left the clan of boys convinced his natural ways were necessary and true. We are imperfect because we have prejudice against one another’s talents, smarts, and ability to carry out choices. Choices are made through one’s freewill and not the environment around

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