William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay

1227 Words Aug 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Human beings have a tendency to make choices which often lead to their own demise, or as Oscar Wilde wrote in The Duchess of Padua, “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” This statement is exemplified in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, during which, young boys are stranded on an abandoned island and forced to survive. Three of the boys, Jack, Ralph, and Simon, make decisions that lead them to their own collapses. Jack’s jealousy and ego cause him to lose his civility and he becomes a savage killer. Ralph’s indecisiveness and cowardice turn him into prey, hunted by the other boys. Lastly, Simon’s weak disposition and reclusiveness make him pay with the ultimate price, his life. Each of these boys decline due to their own actions and demeanors, turning them into their own devils. In the novel, Jack Merridew is first introduced as a controlling and self-important character, however it is not until he begins to clash with Ralph that his darker side is revealed. Jack resents Ralph for being chosen as chief over him, and for prioritizing the signal fire over hunting. Eventually he forms his own tribe saying, “I’m not going to be part of Ralph’s lot…I’m going off by myself…Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too,”(127). When Jack leaves he takes most of the older boys and some of the younger ones into his group. Still, the largest factor to Jack’s moral demise is his cruelty. At the new tribe’s camp, Ralph learns of Jack’s treatment of…

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