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How far do you agree that the boys alter the island from a paradise at the beginning of the novel to a kind of hell at the end? You should refer closely to the events.

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Introduction

How far do you agree that the boys alter the island from a paradise at the beginning of the novel to a kind of hell at the end? You should refer closely to the events. The Lord of the Flies is a very influential and symbolic book. It is not only about children on an island, but about a bigger picture of today's world, and the way humans behave. The island is used as a microcosm to symbolise and represent today's world. Also children are used, as they are closest to being uninfluenced by society and more of a natural state. Throughout the book Golding continually used symbolism and descriptions to convey his message across to the reader. As soon as the children land the plane creates a large "scar" on the untouched, and beautiful island. This is a symbol of pre-destruction. Before the children have even set foot on the island there is already a sense of destruction. As it begins, the boys find each through the use of the conch, which becomes one of the most important symbols of the book. They find each other, and after a brief meeting, Ralph the athletic and well-spoken boy is chosen to be leader. However, Piggy seems to have some good idea's himself, but because of his appearance and illiterate way of speaking, he is used as a scapegoat, and the boys mock him and laugh at him calling him "fatty". ...read more.

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Ralph finds it difficult to convey what he is thinking into words, "I cant think, not like Piggy....Piggy could think" the only problem was that "Piggy was no chief, but for all of his ludicrous body, he had brains". Something in all honesty Ralph did not have. Although, Ralph continued to call his meetings and use the conch to demand silence he respect from the others was wearing, and Jack with his pugnacious ways says, "I ought to be chief". Early on it is mentioned that a "beast" is on the island, and everyone is scared and worried. Ralph as leader decides to call a hunt, yet Simon a shy and strange boy believes "it is not the beast we should worry about, but each other". Simon is a martyr like figure, and he is like a religious allusion, a prophet of some sort. However, the other children think he is "batty" and do not really mix with him. Yet, he is the only child that knows that the beast is not a physical thing, yet mans pernicious nature. He finds a dead body of a parachutist and when he goes to tell the others they hunt him down and murder him, thinking he is the beast. By this time, Jack has made his own tribe, and Ralph and Piggy go to try and sort things out, whilst Jacks tribe are doing tribal dances and eating flesh. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ralph the following day is hunted down, as Jacks tribe want to kill him, the island is at an all time low, and Ralph hides is lots of crawlers, only to be found, and burnt out, he keeps running and the island is on fire creating a dantesque atmosphere, as the island turns to a hellish image. Ralph sprints away, and then bumps into the ultimate figure of civilisation, a fully uniformed Officer. He turns to the boys, who have spears and face paint on, and classes it to "fun and games", when really the boys had gone so far down into savagery and animalistic behaviour, that it would be very difficult to come to terms with when they are back home, in "Great Britain". The island changes gradually from a democratic mini civilisation, to a fascist dictatorship, and at the time the book was written there was cold war paranoia. The book has an element of didactism also, and the symbols of the story are vivid. The way the boys behave changes the Island completely, and Golding deliberately changes his descriptions throughout the book from being "beautiful" and "nice" to "hellish" and constantly reminds the readers of the boys as "savages". The, way they act reflects mans pernicious nature, and the lust for meat and blood. The boys had no Law or Order, and the only discipline they had was Jack. Towards the end the islands turns apocalyptic and the shows how crowd mentality really can have effect on the individual. Ronnie Gunson ...read more.

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