11 January 2013
Lord of the Flies Analytical Paragraph
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of adolescent boys are trapped on an island and the readers get to see a change within the boys. To prove the belief that humans are naturally evil, Golding describes the transition of a young boy, Roger from order and society to inhumane and savage. In the first chapter of the novel, the boys gather and decide they need a chief to keep control on the island. “He hesitated. The dark boy, Roger, stirred at last and spoke up. Let’s have a vote” (22). Still being in a civilized train of thought, Roger suggests an idea that implies order and structure. He comes from a society in which a leader is common among a large group of people. This demonstrates that there is civilization running through Roger’s brain at this point in the book. However, later in the novel, that civilized thought process is lost when the realization hits that in order to survive, one must kill. Toward the middle of the novel, in chapter eight, Jack and the hunters go out to hunt pigs and decide to give the sow’s head as a peace offering to the beast. “Roger found a lodgment for his point and began to push till he was leaning with his whole weight” (135). When the boys found the pig, it was feeding its children. Golding is tries to show that these children will go to any extent to be satisfied. At this time, Roger stimulates rape on the mother pig in order to kill it. This also shows that he has absolutely no thought of structure because Roger kills the pig in a violent manner. William Golding explains the transition of Roger by showing that all humans have a savage side to them and that we can all become evil. After reading the novel, Lord of the Flies, readers understand that they all have an inner beast, but it takes time and a certain situation to let it loose. Ahmed 2
Golding, William. The Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin Group, 1954. Print....