William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Behavioural Changes in Golding’s Lord of the Flies

In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, the theme of human nature is recurring and pertinent. Golding was raised to believe that human nature can improve with a better education, in Lord of the Flies it’s almost as if it is the opposite. The longer the boys stay on the island the worse their natural habits become and therefore their instincts become more evil as they start to believe there is a beast. They believe the beast can shapeshift into anything causing them to go crazy and killing what they might believe is the beast. As Simon says around the middle of the novel, “Maybe we are the beast” (96). It’s ironic because around the time there instincts start to get out of hand, Simon is believed to be the beast and is targeted and attacked. Throughout the novel, the island life isn’t as it seems, most of the boys change not drastically but they reveal the worse side of human nature and what they all hide inside them. Jack is the first to have his mentality shift, it is minor but significant. Ralph also changes, the more time he spends on the island the less sane he becomes. Piggy, during the whole novel usually stays Piggy but at the end we are surprised of how Piggy acts and it’s almost like he lost it. Simon is Simon, he is a saint and always will be, like Golding mentioned he is a “cheat character”. In the following, I will go into more detail with each of those characters and how their behaviour changed, or…

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