William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay

1886 Words Feb 26th, 2016 8 Pages
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 minds, the root of evil begins to show through. This novella has many examples of literary elements throughout such as symbolism, irony and conflict. Themes also occur, such as; savagery versus civilization, loss of innocence, civilization is fragile and the nature of evil. The themes in this novel tie to the other literary devices Golding use in his novel.
In the novella Lord of the Flies, many of the characters symbolize concepts from Freud’s three-part theory of the mind. One part includes the superego, which values moral ideas and logic, this seems to represent the character Piggy. Piggy represents the superego because during the novel, Piggy is conscientious and logical about the current situation. During the events that take place…

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