The Fall of Man
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding illustrates the theme, fall of man. There are many examples from the book that run parallel to those of the Bible. Throughout the Lord of the Flies we see how the innocent boys adapt to their surroundings and find the savagery inside of them. Savagery takes over innocence when man is taken away from civilization.
There are many forms of symbolism in The Lord of the Flies. The island the boys are stranded on is often compared to the Garden of Eden. There are many things similar between the two. The island itself, particularly Simon’s place in the forest he goes to get alone, is once like the Garden of Eden in its form of purity and peacefulness. The forest is then corrupted and introduced to evil. When we look at the Garden of Eden, man was supplied with everything needed to survive. However, man disobeyed and sin was brought into the world. The island provided the boys with everything they needed. For example, when Simon found “fruit…and passed them…to the endless, outstretched hands"(59). The boys thought the island was a perfect place until they came up with the idea that a beast could be living on it and could possibly cause them harm. When the mulberry-marked boy disappeared, fear came upon the boys. Nobody could figure out what had happened to the boy. This led to them imagining what could possibly have happened to him.
The group of boys came from a civilized country with many rules and regulations. For instance, when Jack speaks with the group of boys and asks “laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?"(164). When they crashed on the island, they had to fend for themselves and try and form their own civilization and rules. The Lord of the Flies shows what happens when people are away from civilization. By their true nature they are tempted. Everyone has the savagery inside of him or her. In Chapter 1, Jack is trying to kill a pig for the first time. He is so used to living with a set of rules...
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