William Golding’s famous novel, Lord of the flies, written in 1954, has fascinated it’s readers for years, and has been interpreted in many meticulous ways, and to say that the whole novel can be thoroughly and completely analysed and interpreted in a mere 15 pages, is undermining the scale of this incredibly disturbing epiphany, of a novel. I have chosen this novel for my project, as the amount of interpretation, and instantaneous wonder, and analytical insight while reading this novel has surprised me, to the utmost. The amount of empathy yet contradictory detachment I felt while reading this novel, was what made me chose to go into further detail, to expand my knowledge and views on this exciting allegorical novel.
I have chosen to closely study and analyse what I see as the most vital and relevant aspects of this thrilling novel.
I intend to focus on the analysis of the four main characters in the novel; Ralph, Piggy, Simon and Jack, and the symbolisms behind each of their characteristics and behaviour, both physically and socially.
After this I will examine the main conflicts in the novel, hereunder the social and political conflicts that are revealed through the structural differences between the two groups that are formed by Ralph and Jack.
Most importantly, I will concentrate on the theme of evil in individual humans, and thereby in society, which in this novel, is the most pronounced theme and is what the novel foremost is about. In continuation and progression of the theme; evil, I intend to analyse the presence, reactions and consequences of the ever existing evil, and in which forms we see it in. I will, under the theme of evil, include the fall of innocence and the development to experience and I therefore find it appropriate to include and interpret one of the last quotes in the novel; “And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of... [continues]
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