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A Misfortune in Eden, the Lord of the Flies

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ALLEGORICAL ANALYSIS A Misfortune in Eden ---- A Study of Religious Allegory in Lord of the Flies Literature is considered a classic if it applies to life and theme broadens the storyline thus giving a profound effect on the reader with deep meanings and literary effects. William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a well-structured novel that describes the faults of human ethics. This novel demonstrates the allegorical significance that plays in the lives of schoolboys trapped on island where they are left to explore issues of role in society, religion, and dichotomies like good versus evil, where good not always be successful. The allegorical significance that is present throughout draws parallel religious ideas that emerge from the themes and the way characters are structured. As the reader delves into allegories constructed by the author, a question that comes up is how a religious allegory defines the ending of innocence in a society. Religious Allegory The clashing roles of characters in a changing society, the aspect of fear and tolerance of a religion, and the presence of various symbols that predict the end of innocence support the allegory. Lord of the Flies strongly demonstrates the role of leaders namely Ralph, and Jack who are rivals in society and in ideals yet try together to sustain life on the island. ...read more.


While Piggy recites rules and orders, it is Simon who thinks more than he speaks. Simon is a singular audience to all the turbulences that occur during the major twists and turns of civilization. The same forest where he seeks solace and salvation amongst Mother Nature turns against him and forces him to encounter the devilish Beast. The Beast is an interesting character who resembles the serpentine figure present in the Garden of Eden. This allusion is obvious as many of the little'uns at one point refer to the creature as the 'snake beastie'. The Beast who comes to be known as the Lord of the Flies is depicted as a devil but in fact exists in each person. The fear and suspicion that lingers in each and every soul fuels the existence of the imaginary Beast. When Simon realises this, he is close to salvation. The Beast cruelly predicts his death when he says "I am going to get angry... You're not wanted" (8-144). This confrontation ends when Simon is "swallowed by the darkness" and there is a loss of the once innocence that lingered amongst the childish schoolboys (8-144). Simon can be at best described as an individual who observes mankind but does not attempt to speak out. ...read more.


The lust for gaining control over their superiors through any possible method only brings chaos. The gang rape of the sow depicts the anger and arrogance of the boys when vented out altogether. This desire which is frequently adjoined with the term 'lust' by Golding gives a sexual connotation. The hunter's urge to attack innocence is evident when both Roger and Jack and become enthusiastic and enact the brutal rape of the sow of her innocence. Her head which is rammed on a stick signifies the change in the course of civilization, which Simon is an audience to. The rape and bloodshed in the Garden is a sin. The reversal of faith, disbelief in God, and in their own parents causes them to exploit their freedom and embrace barbarity. William Golding's Lord of the Flies is an intricate novel that explores various allegories that can be drawn towards civilization. The deep symbolism, themes and recurrent images often allude to religion or the loss of faith in a society where God was once feared. The conflicting roles in a formulated society, and the conversion of faith in God to belief in the existence of the 'Lord of the Flies' predicts the demise of civilization. In the end the approach which the reader takes on the result of the process is death and decay. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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