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Discuss how Golding ends the novel - the Lord of the flies - and how this ending may be interpreted in different ways.

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Introduction

Discuss how Golding ends the novel and how this ending may be interpreted in different ways. After Piggy is killed there is then only one thing, which reminds the hunters and especially Jack of their past and that, is Ralph, so a hunting party is organised to find and kill him. They set light to the jungle in order to draw Ralph out and this action causes their rescue to take place. When they do catch up with Ralph, he is in the company of a naval officer and they are so shocked by his presence that they immediately return to being children, even though they still appear like painted savages which symbolised the rejection of society. Percival tries to tell the naval officer his name, but he can't because he has lost his identity. One of the naval officers first comments are "What have you been doing having a war or something ". This comment is very ironic because the officer meant it as a joke, but that is really what happened. Golding has used irony throughout the book to strengthen his point. ...read more.

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Lord of the Flies as a religious tale: Golding, in Lord of the Flies, is concerned about this evil and how it relates to mans soul and its salvation. Throughout the book, the author depicts the contrast between good and evil, kindness and cruelty, civilization and savagery, guilt and indifference, responsibility and anarchy. The rational good of mankind is represented by Ralph and Piggy, with the conch their symbol of authority; the evil savagery of mankind is represented by Jack and his hunters, with the beast, or "Lord of the Flies", as their symbol of savagery. The beast stands for the evil that is present in all human beings, and Simon and Piggy, or rationality, are almost helpless in its presence. Fortunately, there is also Simon, a symbol of vision and salvation. He is able to see the beast as it really exists, in the hearts of all mankind. Unfortunately, when he tries to bring the truth to the savage ones, he is sacrificed, much like Christ was sacrificed when he tried to bring truth to the unknowing. But the fact that Simon existed gives hope to all mankind; the truth about life, its goodness and its evil, is available to those who seek it. ...read more.

Conclusion

He tries to convince the other boys to vote Ralph out of office and put him in the leadership role. When they refuse to elect Jack, he reacts in anarchy. He deserts the democratic way of life, seizes a part of the island for himself, and gains followers through strong arm tactics. He and his savage hunters raid the democratic headquarters and steal the last symbols of their civilization and break the conch which symbolised their authority. Then Jack begins to rule selfishly for his own good and pleasure. Like a dictator, he makes his own laws regardless of the consequences, gives out punishment as he sees fit, encourages savagery amongst his followers, and demands loyalty to. Although democracy does not survive on the island, neither can anarchy. Lord of the Flies as a psychological novel: The novel functions as a study of mankind's basic nature, and the picture that is painted by Golding is very negative. When children, as symbols of mankind, are away from authority and without any laws and policemen, they revert to primitive behaviour. They evolve their own undemocratic rules and savage behaviour; they even create their own god, The Lord of the Flies. Golding provides valuable lessons about basic human behaviour through the group of the children. 1 ...read more.

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