• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In what way is " Lord of the Flies" an allergy of the darkness of mans heart?

Extracts from this document...


IN WHAT WAY IS " LORD OF THE FLIES" AN ALLERGY OF THE DARKNESS OF MANS HEART? By Jade Price. "Lord of the Flies," by William Golding is ostensibly a story about a group of middle class English boys who crash land on an uninhabited island during the world war. There are no adult's with the boys as the only adult, the pilot gets killed . Than the boys assemble on the beach. The boys start well by having regulations and assemblies to discuss things that affect them. They elect a boy called Ralph as the leader, who decides he and some others will be in charge of building huts. Jack, the leader of the choirboys becomes in charge of keeping the fire alight, so they can be saved and hutting. As the novel progress things start to deteriorate. First the fire gets out of control killing at least one boy and destroying some of the island. Than the younger ones believe there is a beast on the island. After all this happens the boys split up into two groups and become enemies. Before getting saved by a naval officer two more boys get killed. ...read more.


Ralph knows things are going bad to worse on the island but doesn't quiet know why, but at the end he finds out why. In the novel Ralph and Piggy look back to the civilisation they have left behind. They think of it as a world of order and common sense. They feel that "grown-ups know things. The terrible irony is that the same evil that threatens the boys is also destroying that supposedly civilised outside world. Piggy is one of the first boys introduced to us. He is different to all the others in both mind and appearance. He is fat, wears glasses and has asthma. His glasses symbolizes that he can't see what's going on. Piggy is an adult type figure as he tries to take order by taking everyone's names. He is also the one that worries a lot. He worries that there are no adults on the island, while Ralph loves the idea. We also know he is an adult type boy because he says "like a crowd of kids," but what Piggy doesn't know is that all people are like that when following a charismatic leader, who offers rewards. ...read more.


Jack however feels no guilt because he no longer has any sense of moral responsibility. The circle and the flies around the pig represent the devil. Simon's dead body goes out to sea: "The water rose further and dressed Simons coarse hair with brightness. The strange, attendant creatures, with their fiery eyes are trailing vapours, busied themselves round his head." The creatures are making a halo around his head, like an angel. Golding believes that we kill everyone who tries to help us, just like Simon. The conch in the novel represents civilisation, democracy and freedom to speak. Jack challenges the authority of the conch and the right to free speech: " We don't need the conch any more. We know who ought to say things" When it finally gets smashed everything that it stands for has vanished. Shortly afterwards, everyone hunts for Ralph so they can kill him. Roger, the dark hearted, evil boy sharpens his spear both ends. This means he was going to try and put Ralph's head on it. When Jack let the fire go out that symbolized that he didn't want to be saved both religiously and from the island. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Analysis of Lord of the Flies.

    The book may indeed support each of these readings, but it is crucial to remember that all of the novel's characters and episodes are thoroughly sublimated to its primary purpose: dramatizing the conflict between the civilizing and savage instincts in human beings.

  2. At the end of 'Lord of the Flies' Ralph weeps for "the end of ...

    "The two boys faced each other. There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled common-sense." It is this serpent call of evil that Jack himself embodies, he himself becomes the serpent, tempting the others away from Ralph "Listen all of you.

  1. Compare the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding to Heart of Darkness ...

    He comes from Europe as a civilized man, but soon after he has been isolated from civilization for so long, he no longer feels a need to obey the laws and becomes a murderer and a raider who raids towns for ivory and kills anyone whom he considers to be a rebel.

  2. "Ralph wept for the age of innocence, the darkness of mans heart and the ...

    Ralph changes and starts to become aggravated by Jack's actions. "No one else. They're off bathing, eating or playing." Ralph changes a lot when Jack becomes the leader of the savages but Ralph wants the two groups to be united.

  1. In an essay about his novel “Lord of the Flies”, William Golding wrote: “The ...

    part in the role - playing game, by which Robert pretended to be a pig. This activity passes over the boundaries of a game, and Robert is in visible pain, but still the boy's stab at him with spears. "The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering" This simple quote

  2. "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the ...

    Actually, in the first few chapters, Golding has already described their loss of innocence subtly, for example, Jack and his hunters, the first group of boys who turn savage, is also described as 'something dark' and 'creature'. All these words relate to the beast that appears in the novel afterwards.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work