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Explore the presentation and the significance of the events in the final chapter of William Goldings 'Lord of the Flies'.

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Explore the presentation and the significance of the events in the final chapter of William Goldings 'Lord of the Flies'. William Golding's novel 'Lord of the Flies' reflects the author's insight into the way that children behave. He suggests that evil is innate in everyone and reflects this in the unfolding story. World war II affected Golding and his outlook on human nature became pessimistic. The novel is about a group of boys who are the survivors of a plane crash. The boys land on a deserted island. The boys call meetings and Ralph is elected leader. Jack is allowed to lead his choir as hunters for the group. The boys build a signal fire on top of a mountain. Ralph asserts himself as leader and sets out some rules and regulations. A dead pilot parachutes onto the island and the boys believe he is a 'beast'. They try to hunt the 'beast'. The boys have more meetings, which confirms Ralph as leader, but Jack gets angry and sets up his own rival group at Castle Rock. ...read more.

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He changes his presentation in the last chapter by writing in both third and first person (Ralph's point of view), and past and present tense in keeping with an air of intense suspense. Golding describes Ralph as an animal, trying to get away from its predator, Jack, as he was doing what most prey would. He was very quick thinking, and did not realize that they wanted to kill him because if he had then he would have panicked and most likely got caught. At the beginning of the novel Golding presents the boys as optimistic and na�ve, believing adults could fix everything, however by the end of the novel the boys understand more about the world. Ralph shows this when he 'wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy' (p225). The boys have made a world like the adults, killing pigs, creating wars, making a democracy and the dictatorship, yet the boys are ashamed for it when it is acceptable for adults. ...read more.

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The final chapter clearly displays William Golding's message of evil being innate. This chapter is so effective because it is intense and the presentation changes to make it more interesting and gripping to read. This is a significant chapter because this is when the characters find out how evil is within them, and when they lose their childish innocence. In the middle of the book Golding uses the description of the hunters as 'savages', but when the adult appears at the end of the novel he calls them all little 'boys'. This is clearly noticeable when an adult is placed in the picture with them, showing that children aren't thought of as old enough to deal with the trauma of 3 people dying, survival, and how they were lucky to have survived for this long. At the end Ralph realizes that he knows too much about the world and what is happening around him he realizes that it is not the perfect world that he thought it was when he first landed on the island. ...read more.

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