Lord of the Flies- the Pig's Head

Topics: English-language films, Devil, William Golding Pages: 2 (854 words) Published: August 5, 2013
Seaerra Cookingham
7 July, 2013
In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, group of kids are on a plane when it crashes, which leaves them stranded on an island that is unknown. These children, including Ralph, Piggy, Jack, Simon, Maurice, Roger, and more, decide to form a society, of which holds a group of hunters, a chief, and people who are to keep the fire going at all times as a signal. Ralph is chosen as chief. Jack is a hunter along with others. However, when Jack and others begin to question Ralph, and disagree with him, things begin to take a turn for the worst. Jack decides to go off on his own, and whoever else will join him. Jacks priority was to have fun, while Ralphs was to be rescued. One strong follower of Ralphs, one of the purest boys on the island, Simon, had a conversation with “The Lord of Flies”, or the pig’s head. It reveals to the reader that there is something inside all of the other boys that he cannot escape, and nor can anyone else. The question is though, what does this conversation really mean? The Pig’s head was referring to himself being the one they cannot escape. The head represents evil, and the reason why The Head said Simon was not wanted, was because Simon is purest of all the boys, he represents a Christ figure, and The Head is the evil within them, or a devil figure. The “Beast” in the story is also a very symbolic figure. The boys on the island all believe that this beast is an unfriendly being that lingers on the island, out to get them. The boys were right about the beast in some ways, it is a dark figure that will get them, however it’s not in a physical form. Simon was the first boy who had this idea, the idea that the beast is themselves. Simon was also the first boy to die on the island, when the evil started to overtake the boys, other than Ralph. Ralph was one boy who did not seek to kill, but only protect himself and his few followers until rescue. Ralph was a symbol of...
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