Essay on William Golding 's The Lord Of The Flies

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In the Bible, Romans 7:19-21 says, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.” William Golding makes this apparent in the story he created, where a group of boys becomes stranded on an island, and attempt to make an orderly society, which gradually gives way to their evil desires because there is no one to restrain them. In this novel, The Lord of the Flies, Golding uses the conch shell and the sow’s head as symbols to show that if there is no ruling power to hold the true human nature in check, then the society will become one of destruction and chaos.

In the beginning of the story, law and order is enforced by the presence of the conch shell, and the authority it gives to Ralph. Ralph is the one who calls the first meeting, using the conch, which gives him a kind of power. He is chosen as leader because of “his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch” (pg. 22). The other children respected him for it, and for a very short time he was able to create some order on the island. He directly uses the conch to do this, during their meetings. Instead of everyone talking at once, if someone wanted to speak Ralph would “give him the conch…. He can hold it while he’s speaking…. And he won’t be interrupted. Except by…

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