English Comp II
LORD OF THE FLIES
In the novel Lord of the flies, Golding associates civilization with inherently good and savagery with inherently evil; but believes humans are inherently evil. In the novel Lord of the flies by William Golding, Ralph is the one who has order, leadership, and civilization. Piggy has the scientific and intellectual aspects of civilization. Jack represents savagery and the want to have power. Simon has a natural human goodness. Roger is brutal and has bloodlust. The author uses the characters to prove his point of view. The main thing that shows the humans are evil is their lose of innocence and they want to get back to civilization.The boys start out in chapter three as carefree and fun. For example on page 64 “Ralph climbed out of the bathing pool and trotted up the beach and set in the shade beneath the palms. …Simon was floating in the water and kicking with his feet, and Maurice was practicing diving.”Throughout the novel they built huts and tried to maintain some form of civilization.”We need shelters” (pg 51). At first their hunting started out as a way to get there food, than later on in the novel hunting become more of a game than a way to survive.”Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in”(Pg 75) Golding may use children to show how humans lose their sense of civilization if not kept in check; he doesn’t mean it only happens to children. He is trying to show that its is something that exists within everybody and the only things that keep it in check is civilization and innocence. In the beginning, the meadow is beautiful and peaceful, But when Simon comes back later on in the novel, he sees the sevarded sow’s head on a stake in the middle of a clear spot “Simon discovered that he had spoken aloud. He opened his eyes quickly and there was the head grinning amusedly in the strange daylight, ignoring theflies, the spilled guts, even ignoring the indignity of being spike on a stick” (pg 137)....
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