Essay about The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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The Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding. Golding writes about some young boys that are stranded on a deserted island after their plane is shot down. The boys form their own society, complete with a form of government. The boys elect a rational, fair-haired boy by the name of Ralph to lead them through survival. However, Jack, a primitive boy with a hunger for power, is not happy about the boys’ choice in leader. To appease Jack, Ralph gives him power over his own group of hunters. All is well for a short time before it all starts to fall apart. Civilization starts to fall, and the boys start to fall towards savagery. Their government loses its power and the boys are left with no guidance or leadership, so they turn to violence. Golding portrays four aspects of the human self that can be likened to a phenomenological description of human nature (Parivelan). Golding’s book is full of symbolism and unique characterization. All of the characters are given unique characteristics that reflect their role in the book. For example, Piggy’s glasses and Ralph’s light hair, they foreshadow their personalities, and what role they play in the fall of their humanity. Golding focuses on a few of the boys, Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon. These four boys are the main focus throughout the book, and each one of them are very unique. Golding has a very interesting way of describing their way of thinking by outlining certain features that would characterize…

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