Theme Of Irony In Lord Of The Flies

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How would one act if they suddenly became stranded on an uninhabited island? Would one 's conscious being remain intact, or would their primal acts of savagery take over? Some may feel as though savagery is something foreign, but when stuck in the same conditions as the boys’ in the novel it may be easier to become something one is not, easier than one would think. Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by William Golding, about a group of boys who become members of a plane crash, after evacuating from an atomic war. Although the boys try to maintain order, some characters want more power and control. In the beginning of the novel, the boys are still intact with their civilized lives, but when their situation begins to deepen in the boys …show more content…
One example is when the boys believe the pilot is the “Beastie”. This is clearly an example of dramatic irony because it’s clear to the reader that it is not the “Beastie” but just a pilot that had previously crashed on the island. Another example of dramatic irony is the death of Simon. When Simon stumbles out of the forest, with news of what the Beastie actually is, the boy 's automatically assume that Simon is the beast. Yet again the readers know it was only Simon, who was coming out of the bushes, when the other boys did not. In the last chapter of the novel, a naval officer finds the island from all the smoke. He automatically assumes that the boys are just playing a harmless game, when in reality, the majority of the boys were hunting down Ralph. Ironically, in the end, Jack is the one who aids the boys rescue. This is ironic because in the story Ralph is the one trying to get the boys rescued, when Jack is more interested in hunting, but in the end Jacks acts of savagery is what end up getting them back to civilization. Irony is an important part of literature because it can develop the reader 's interest, possibly even create a little humor to the reader. Golding uses the irony in his novel to create meaning and to spark a certain …show more content…
The conflict that occurs in the novel includes; man versus man, man versus society, man versus nature and internal. Man versus man conflict occurs later in the novel between Jack and Ralph, about who should become a leader and what the next step should be in the group; if the boys should go play in the water or if they should start to build on the plan of getting rescued. Before Jack splits the group up, Ralph is constantly trying to fight against Jack 's ideas. Man versus society is also a prominent conflict that occurs between Ralph and the majority of the other boys. Throughout the novel Ralph struggles to get everyone’s cooperation and support. Eventually the majority of the boys leaves Ralph 's group for fun and hunting, ultimately in the end the rest of the boys end of going against Ralph, hunting him down. If not between characters, Ralph experiences some internal battles about letting savagery and his primal desires in, or to remain his civilized self. Golding uses conflict in his novel to create a storyline, entertaining the reader. This gives the storyline a baseline, creating build and growth in the characters. Golding uses many example of conflict in his novel, to create character development, by establishing tension and action. The conflict in the novel tie to the theme; civilization versus savagery, specifically man versus man and man versus society. This connects

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