The Man Is Free, But Everywhere He Is Chained Essay

1452 Words Mar 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Rousseau’s philosophy is that “Man is free, but everywhere he is chained” and this in fact is true, and will be proven within the essay. However not only Rousseau 's philosophy present, but the biblical parallels as well. Ideas that will address in the essay is where the boys originate from and how that influences them, but then also how the island changes their behavior while proving the philosophy. Aside from where the boys come from, is the the religion that the boys are already influenced by and how that influences to later on their taboos and religious ideas. In between those two things will be how Ralph is paralleled to God, before mentioning how Jack is paralleled to the Devil. Lastly on discussion, Simon being parallel to not only God but also Simon Peter. Overall proving that Rousseau 's philosophy is present in the novel along with the biblical parallels as both intertwine with each other.
First, starting with this literary analysis is where the boys originate from, as in Rousseau’s philosophy, he prompts that, “Man is free, but everywhere he is chained”. The part where the boys are “chained to”, is where they have grown up with and had the influence. Golding gives us the smallest hint from the boys on where they are from and that is from Jack, who comments, “... We’re English, and the English are best at everything. So we’ve got to do the right thing.” (Golding 42). Therefore, Jack’s comment is not only biased as one expects from someone proud of their…

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