Savagery Symbolize In Lord Of The Flies

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Most people think that humans have evolved from their primitive selves and that savagery is not part of human nature, but the truth is that civilization is just a shell that hides those characteristics of people. In Golding’s allegorical novel Lord of the Flies, a group of British boys crash land on an island and any semblance of order and civilization slowly degrades until they turn into savages. What causes the boys to revert back to this primitive way of life, is their fear of this evil beast, which is actually themselves. The lord of the flies is the greatest symbol in the novel, it’s representation of the internal savagery and evil inside everyone is the primary premise of the novel. The lord of the flies is the physical representation …show more content…
Nearing the end of Simon's encounter with the lord of the flies it starts to get angry because Simon has resisted its temptation of becoming a savage. The lord of the flies threatens Simon,”I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry. D’you see? You’re not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else___”(144). Through this text Golding is trying to express the importance of having morals and a sense of goodness because without them, savagery will overpower goodness. By the lord of the flies telling Simon that ”[he is] not wanted,” it is referring to the fact that goodness and morality aren’t present around savagery. Thus the result is Simon's brutal murder by the savages. Also, Golding uses repetition with the phrase “we are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island!” to show that the only thing that can cloak people’s primordial human nature is morals. The other boys see savagery as fun and have no morals, but when the lord of the flies tries to tempt Simon into it, Simon’s morals take over and he rejects it. People’s true nature needs to be controlled or else it will take over and people will end up becoming like the boys. In Lord of the Flies, Golding uses the lord of the flies as an

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