Ever hear someone saying, “There’s an elephant in the room.”? However everyone knows that the elephant symbolizes the nervous feeling in the atmosphere. This quote is well put in play in the book Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. In this book the little children stated that they saw a beastie in the woods at night. Jack and Ralph, the older kids, take this as a nightmare and tell the children to calm down. But, it’s pretty clear that the beastie is all the tense, scared, and nervous feeling building up within them. They all know its there, however none of the older kids want to admit it, because of their ego and want to be leader which shows a true case of man vs. beastie, or as in this case it could also be man vs. himself. Furthermore, the beastie is said to be an ever so big snakething(35) found in the woods by the boy with the mulberrycolored birthmark. Ralph seems to deny the spotting from the start as in: “You couldn’t have a beastie, a snakething, on an island this size,” Ralph explained kindly. “ You only get them in big countries, like Africa or India.” (36). Golding offers the reader some inklings about Ralph by this quotation. Ralph, wellbuilt, attractive, strong boy(10&11), and the other children believe that among themselves they need a person to be in charge, so an election took place: “Let’s have a vote.” “Yes!”... “Him with the shell.” “Ralph! Ralph!” “Let him be the chief with the trumpetthing.”(22); Ralph had won this selection and was chosen to be the head on this island, who will make the crucial decisions
and just hold everyone in place. By this Golding seems to be giving the impression of making Ralph a monarch; as we know, no monarchy has ever succeeded without obstacles within its way! Likewise, no leader is known to be scared even if he is. For example, if Obama said that he was scared then what kind of leader would he be? If he lost hope then the nation also...
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