Lord of the Flies Essay

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Blake Dunkleberger
Lord of the Flies Essay
William Golding believes that every human is born evil and can only make themselves less evil by performing good works. Lord of the Flies shows the belief of natural wickedness in humans and how some will try and stray away from that natural evil. Two characters from the book, Ralph and Piggy, both try to run away from their natural evil and create a more civilized, humane form of society on the island. Ralph and Piggy are more than boys stuck on an island as Piggy symbolizes intelligence and Ralph represents a symbol of civilization. Lord of the Flies by William Golding is rich in symbolism and an outstanding example of allegory, as each character corresponds to a larger idea and broader theme. Piggy is a peaceful, intelligent boy who is often out casted out of everything due to his physical appearance. For instance, Ralph is thinking about qualities of a great chief and he says, “But Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains” (Golding 78). Ralph believes that Piggy has a ridiculous body; however he is brilliant and has the wisdom of a potential chief. Piggy has many assets of a great chief, but sadly the other kids on the island will not give him a chance due to his physical appearance. Piggy is the smartest boy on the island who is ignored and set aside from society because of his physical traits. Piggy represents a symbol of intelligence that the boys use to take advantage in return for what they need. Furthermore, when the boys try to start the signal fire, they shout, “Piggy! Have you got any matches?” (40). The boys have little respect for Piggy while on the island as they use him to get what they want and do not appreciate his presence on the island despite his helpful ideas. In today’s society, Piggy will most likely represent a young, hard-working employee that works for an arrogant boss who is inconsiderate and unfair as he abuses Piggy’s intelligent to do whatever he commands. Piggy is...