Human Allegory in Lord of Flies
The human allegory in the story, “Lord of the Flies” is represented through the situation of a group of kids being stranded on an uninhabited island without any adults to take care of them. The reason that the author, William Golding, chose the characters to be kids and not teenagers nor adults is because of their innocence and lack of knowledge of the civilization that they came from. Before being on the island, they would not have had a chance to face great responsibility because they would have been taken care of; however, when they have to take responsibility for keeping themselves alive in the story, rather than living as individuals, they have to decide whether to stay together and work with each other to try to get rescued, or to have fun and selfishly enjoy their time on the island. What Golding is trying to show from the story is what a society would be like if people choose chaos and savagery instead of order and rules. The story Lord of the Flies teaches us that a society without order and rules could be really dangerous and fill people’s mind with acts of selfishness, fear of the strong ones, and the denial of guilt. First of all,I can not believe if people lived without order and rules, they would definitely have selfish actions, because people would be eager to dominate others and benefit themselves. For example, in Chapter 3, p40, Jack said, “His specs – use them as burning glasses!”, then he took Piggy’s specs without asking. Also in Chapter 10, p.184, Jack didn’t Piggy’s permission to take the specs and also destroyed the huts. Both of these are selfish acts. Like the conch, in Chapter 5, p99, Ralph said, “Jack! Jack! You are breaking the rules!” He thought Jack should obey the rule that if a person had a conch, he should get the chance to speak, but Jack replies, “Who cares?” Also, on p110, Jack said, “Conch! Conch! We don’t need the conch any more. We know who ought to say things. What good...
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