Do novels have a deeper meaning to them than what the author writes? Golding reflects the two sides of human nature in “Lord of the Flies” by using imagery. Imagery is conveyed to develop the hidden meanings of human nature through the use of specific references through the themes of light and dark imagery. Golding conveys dark imagery throughout the novel by making references to evil. From the beginning of the novel the author introduces to the reader that something sinister is impending. He uses specific language to show the reader that the boys are like approaching animals, “Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along” (LOF 20). The choir in a way symbolizes a militaristic group being described as a “party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing”(LOF 20). It is evident that the choir is evil because the book is written in the World War II period and it is likely that the choir symbolizes the Nazi Party which many people would be able relate them too animals or savages. Imagery is often developed when characters in the novel are savage like. Dark imagery reveals the character Jack to be evil when, “He passed like a shadow under the darkness of the tree and crouched, looking down at the trodden at his feet” (LOF 53). Jack is being compared to an animal trying to hunt down his prey while crouching down. Again we can compare him to Hitler who was the leader of the Nazi party as Jack is the leader of the evil boys on the island. The darkness on the island spreads to every boy like it is within everyone. “Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees till they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea” (LOF 62). Before the boys got on the
island it was a peaceful island, by acting like savages they spread darkness on the island, which is the evil in each and every one of them. The darkness was submerging or killing any goodness...
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