Essay about William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

1016 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel where a group of young British boys are lost on an island after their plane was crashed. In the novel William Golding uses literary devices to reveal a theme for the novel. Throughout the novel civilization and innocent lives of boys is destroyed and lost due to the savagery of the boys, desire for power, and fear of the unknown. William Golding uses symbolism of when the conch destroyed civilization on the island is gone, irony as the civilized British boys turn savages, and foreshadowing the deaths of the boys on the island.

In the novel Lord of the Flies William Golding uses symbolism to reveal the central theme for the novel. The hunters on the island hide their identity by painting their faces. This was a hunting tactic to kill pigs, but the painted faces had a bigger effect on the boys as this would hide the boys civilized side and show their savagery. Jack was the first one to paint his face, “He looked [at himself in the water] in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger. He spilt the water and leapt to his feet, laughing excitedly. Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them. He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling. He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.”(Pg 66) This is the first sign of savagery and lost of innocence and civilized boys…

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