The Message Of Human Nature In Lord Of The Flies

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The story “Lord of the Flies” is a big hidden message about human nature, the beautiful aspects and the ugly. It is completely blunt about what every person has deep within them. Whether people choose to embrace or reject their flaws is how everyone develops their personal journey, good or bad. Everyone has a beginning, followed by trials and tribulations in life in order to develop a unique and individual personality and then they can find their true selves. That is the journey that “Lord of the Flies” is able to create in its plot, with every character (or symbol) representing a piece of human nature. In the beginning the characters were just starting to develop their role in the story, developing who they are as characters. For example, …show more content…
Jack represents evil in the book, especially as hunter leader, he is able to be more of a savage. “…knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink” (70). This “thirst” in Jack for blood, killing and pure evil seems to rub off on the rest of the group, especially Roger. We can prove this because we see Roger let go completely and become a savage. The biggest indicator of this is when he kills Piggy by dropping the boulder on him with no remorse. “By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell. The storm of sound beat at them, an incantation of hatred. High overhead, Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180). On the other hand, Ralph is left alone now without anyone on his side now that Piggy has died and the impact it had on him shows that the very end of the story. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy” …show more content…
Everyone has a beginning, followed by trials and tribulations in life in order to develop a unique and individual personality and then they can find their true selves. We see the progression of their roles and symbolism all throughout the story. Their symbols grow more and more as the story goes on and builds up their character. Jack is able to represent evil through his role as hunter leader and the satisfaction hunting gives him. Ralph has been able to represent good because of him always doing what’s best for the group as chief. Similarly, Piggy represents intelligence, order and good because he is always the voice of reason, always bringing up ideas and advances for the group. Throughout the story Roger also represents animalistic instinct, the bigger evil in everyone, especially when he kills Piggy, a human not an animal for food. All of this together holds the message on human nature, that everyone holds good and bad within

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