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Lord of the Flies Themes


Lord of the Flies Themes

Priyanka Dutt Mr. Webb English 9HP May 6th, 2012 The Origin of Evil In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of English young boys are trapped on an island without any adults which may seem like paradise. In the book a group of young boys who have never ever satisfied in the past, have been stranded on an island after their aircraft crashes. They search for others and try to select a leader which results in a group of savage hunters to be formed. Ultimately their days on the island make them forget civilized habits and when the confusion leads to a manhunt, the reader can see that the boys reveal the hidden side of savagery.

Though there is worry in the boys about the island and what lies beyond it, the fear spreads through everyone and it takes charge of the young boys’ lives and their fear destroys them, making them evil and somebody completely various. The novel shows that individuals are strong at heart and sooner or later they are going to go back to the nature of evil that exists in people. The young boys from The Lord of the Flies are not set to act in an evil way, but the impulsive evil within them cause them to act in such a method.

The two impulses great vs. bad are the driving force of the conflict in the book. For instance, excellent versus evil is revealed through Ralph and Jack. Ralph desires company and leadership and Jack represents savagery that desires power and reveals the desire for it. As the book continues, it is represented that savagery is more substantial than the instinct of civilization. It is shown that when civilization is gone and one is left alone on their own, people instinctively rely on wicked, ruthlessness, and savagery.

When the signal fire that was indicated to bring in attention utilized to be saved has spread out across the island, burning everything, Piggy states,

“you got your little fire all right”

William Golding, Lord of the Flies Themes, Page 41

and for the first time they all end up being mindful of their capability for destruction. The boys have become from well-behaved boys to savage hunters who have actually lost their innocence and forgetful of civilization they as soon as lived in. Piggy’s death likewise represents the inner evil within somebody and the loss of civilization. Jack who is desperate to be the leader and wishing to spread his wicked methods around the people orders Roger to kill Piggy.

Jack sees Piggy as an intimidation to his objectives of being leader and spreading evil through the group. He knows that in order for him to have control over the other kids in his group, he needs to get rid of Piggy given that he was a trusted figure to the kids and a positive influence on nearly everybody on the island.

“The rock struck Piggy”

William Golding, Lord of the Flies Themes, Page 167

and killing him and together with it, the conch broke also. The word “struck” represents how desperate Jack was to remove Piggy out of the method. By eliminating Piggy, all moral and civilized impact was gone that was on the kids.

The conch likewise represents that without it, there disappears solidness on the island. Piggy was always like a motherly figure looking after the “littluns” and even though Piggy did not know it, he was a great influence on Ralph by keeping him from succumbing to his inner evil. Not only does Jack have evil within him, but everybody on the island especially Jack’s choir group. While Jack’s group is commemorating their accomplishment, Simon returns below the mountain with his encounter with talking to the Lord of the Flies which is the dead pig’s head stuck on top of the stick.

The Lord of the Flies talk with him and says,

“I’m part of you”

William Golding, Lord of the Flies Themes, Page 132

which is when Simon recognizes that the children themselves are the monster and what they actually hesitate of is in fact the evil that is living inside of them. After his discovery of who the monster truly is, he chooses that

“the news needs to reach the others”

William Golding, Lord of the Flies Themes, Page 137

As he boils down from the mountain he is incorrect as the “beast” and killed by Jack’s group. They bite, kick, and tear at him to stop Simon, ultimately killing him while doing so.

After the young boys recognize what they have actually done, they make reasons for their actions when they really understood what they were doing under the sensations of worry and excitement. Specifically Jack understood their actions. He also saw Simon as a threat to his objectives as being leader just like he saw Piggy. Jack wishes to use evil as a way to keep everyone under his thumb and lead the group. Humanity is something that can beat society. Evil and greed are qualities of corruption and many people do not want to make a better society however do better for their own benefit and needs.

Evil can strongly influence one’s actions and guide them in a different instructions. It can operate in many ways because it is a particular that remains in everyone. Great and wicked constantly conflict each other and not both can win. For instance the conch shell represents good and the pig’s head being evil and among them needed to provide such as the conch shell when it got into many pieces. In general, evil is stronger than good due to the fact that the head had the kids controlled by fear and it does not take wish for someone great to switch and be on the evil side. It is just the individual who has the power select this modification.

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