War In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Delaney Purdham
Ms. Tantlinger
Honors English 10
2, January, 2018
Destruction of man’s evil state of nature
As conflict arises among the boys and their journey on the island, several examples of ruin and reckoning are occurring; Golding uses war as a symbol of destruction and also figurative language throughout the novel. War is introduced in the beginning of the novel as an occurring event and the reason why the boys were on the airplane. Destruction occurs as the boys kill the sow, other boys, and lost civilization. The boys quickly lose their ways of living as civilized children and decide to kill a pig for its meat, but is hesitant at first. It is clear that the boys have different views about the killing as Ralph believes the fire is
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“The two boys, bullet-headed and with hair like tow, flung themselves down and lay grinning and panting at Ralph like dogs”(19). The boys were compared to dogs which shows how quickly they are losing civilization and trying to adapt although it is not as easy as they would assume. This comparison shows that the boys have displayed animal- like actions and are becoming more inhumane and destructive. Golding also uses metaphors to describe the miserable, rough conditions of the beach. “All around him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat”(1). The “jungle” was so hot and muggy that it was compared to as a “bath”. This also gives an image of sweat and moistness which makes the problem seem more intense. Golding also uses personification to determine the struggle of the boys adaptation to the island. “He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun’s enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes”(Golding,17). As the boys learn about the beastie, they believe it is the deceased pilot. This is foreshadowing as the littluns believe there is a beast but the big guns have a hard time believing …show more content…
Simon is the first boy to witness the beast and tries to warn the others. As he does so, he approaches the group in a fast and startling manor that it scares the other boys so much that they believe it is the beastie. The boys fall violently on Simon and beat him until he dies and they do not realize what they have done because it was dark out. They believe that they have killed the beastie until the next day when they realize what they have done. “Simon’s dead body moved out toward the open sea”(154). Ralph calls it murder while Piggy insists that it was an accident. Piggy is now dead as well because of a cruel, brutal murder. On top of Castle Rock, where Jack’s tribe was, Roger, one of the biggest bullies out of the group killed Piggy with a boulder. “Piggy fell 40 feet and landed on his back across the square red rockin the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pigs after it has been kill”(Golding, 181). Roger simply killed Piggy because he realized that no one one the island is able to or will limit his cruelty. Jack then threatens Ralph with exactly what happened to

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