Lord of the Flies - Analyzing Its Ending

Topics: Earth, Oxygen, Meaning of life Pages: 2 (859 words) Published: October 12, 2006
An ending is the most crucial part of a book. Not only does it conclude the whole book, but it can also give the reader a whole new interpretation to what the book is about. ¡®The Lord of the Flies¡¯ by William Golding is a typical book that illustrates this point. Without the ending, the book would hardly amount to half of its true value. This is because the ending shows what the book is really about. If one does not read the last part of the book, one will not be able to see the crucial meaning of what the author wants to say. The ending of ¡®The Lord of the Flies¡¯ is not a happy one. It is very ironic and shocking, in a way. Of course, it is literally a ¡°happy ending¡±, however, it leaves somewhat a bitter feeling in us. However bitter it makes us feel, the ending of ¡®The Lord of the Flies¡¯ is extremely symbolic and significant.

Golding¡¯s theme is not merely about the evils of boys¡¯ inner selves. Though if one has not read the ending, one would think this way. In the end, the evil of the boys connects to man¡¯s society on the planet Earth. The boys represent the society as a whole, yet are rescued by that society. While they were in war among themselves, the supposedly mature adults outside that island were having a war too. ¡°A naval officer stood on the sand, looking down at Ralf in wary astonishment. On the beach behind him was a cutter, her bows hauled up and held by two ratings. In the stern-sheets another rating held a sub-machine gun.¡± (pg. 200 lines 21~ 24) and the last line of this whole book could not better depict this connection. ¡°¡¦ and waited, allowing his eyes to reswt on the trim cruiser in the distance.¡± (pg. 202 lines 24~25) Through this swap of position, Golding helps readers see the strong ties between the English boys on the island to the society of this whole world.

Another significant meaning this ending has is its silent caution to us human beings. Just like the island the boys are in, our world is an isolated existence....
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