Lord of The Flies by William Golding Essay

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Lord of the Flies In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, was a pretty decent book and really kept my interest most of the time. It was about a group of English boys trapped on an island after a plane crash. When they first realize they are on the island they are ecstatic, no adults, no rules, and it seemed as if they treated the predicament as a game. They build fire, feast, and make rules. As the novel continues, the boys are beginning to venture from civilization and go towards savagery. I believe the overall point of the book was civilization versus savagery and was developed throughout the novel. Fear began to spread throughout the island and it takes control of the boys’ lives and really seemed as if it caused them to destroy. …show more content…
It also allowed me to think about similar situations that I had been in and how my reactions related to the characters in the book. What I took from the book is that discipline and order are more important than self-expression, because without them, comfort or pleasure is not completely secure. The rule of law and self-restraint is much needed. In this context, the meaning behind 'Lord of the Flies' is apparent. Golding’s position is that when external discipline is taken away, human nature, and more so childish nature, rapidly returns to barbarism. It uses a lot of symbolism to portray this. These issues addressed in the book are as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago and will still be relevant hundreds of years from now. It deals with the inborn evil of man and how, again, when the rules of civilization breakdown this part of human nature takes control. Golding uses symbolism such as the conch shell which represented order and civilization, the beast which represented the evil within us all, and the fire which represented hope of rescue and society to convey this message. The characters are also used as symbols, Ralph signifies democracy, Jack symbolizes the abuse of power a dictatorship, Piggy represents the underdog and knowledge and the littl'uns represent the Masses. They all come together in the book to convey the overall meaning and message. Order is significantly restored at the end of the novel

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