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Lord Of The Flies

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Although the readers's sympathies are usually with Ralph many of the boys decide to follow Jack. Explain what you think are the differences in what Jack and Ralph stand for and how they behave in the novel. William Golding has created a successful adventure story about a group of boys abandoned on a tropical island somewhere in the Pacidic Ocean. In addition th being an adventure story the novel has important dimensions morally, psychologically, anthropologically and even theologically. It can be interpreted as an allegory of the human urge to do bad, It also skillfully reworks the theme of Ballentyne's "The Coral Island", but with Golding making his own ironic commentary on its predecessor. The group of boys are victims of a war raging elsewhere which has caused their plane to crash. Golding shows how the boys adapt to the island learning how to make fire, to build shelters, tu hunt and to maintain discipline. Initially they relish their new freedom but under the strain of their total isolation they develop tensions which finally break out into a conflict. They reject their first leader, Ralph, replacing him with a boy, Jack, who is more able to withstand the hardships of the island. ...read more.


Unfortunately, his simplistic and single-minded approach is self-destructive and laching in foresight. Two examples which illistrate this are: the boys kill a sow, which would have bred and provided future meat; and, in their hunt for Ralph they destroy the fruit trees.These two over hasty actions means that they would have eventually starved. Jack's physical appearance throughout the novel is a a deliberate and blatant warning sign. His red hair stands out. As well as being associated with a fiery temper it also, significantly, indicates danger. When he masks his appearance with paint, far from neutralising his venom and aggressiongives it free reign. When he is "safe from shame or self-conciousness behind the mask" he can act as he wishes and realise his most evil potential. Jack's lack of humility, along with his bravado and dictatorial leadership are all intended to conflict with the ideals Golding creates in other characters. Jack's final appearance in chapter 12 portrays him as a little boy, perhaps re-emphasising how thin the veneer of of conditioning and respectability can be when set against the primal instincts shown in his earlier actions. By chapter four it is possible to see the growing gap between Ralph and Jack. ...read more.


Simon use their power to protect the younger boys and advance the good of the group; savage boys like Jack and Roger use their power to gratify their own desires, treating the littler boys as objects for their own amusement. 'Lord of the Flies' does echo certain Christian images and themes. Golding does not make any explicit or direct connections to Christian symbolism; instead, these biblical parallels function as a kind of subtle motif in the novel, adding thematic resonance to the main ideas of the story. The island itself, particularly Simon's glade in the forest, recalls the Garden of Eden in its status as an originally pristine place that is corrupted by the introduction of evil. Similarly, we may see the Lord of the Flies as a representation of the devil, for it works to promote evil among humankind. Furthermore, many critics have drawn strong parallels between Simon and Jesus. Among the boys, Simon is the one who arrives at the moral truth of the novel, and the other boys kill him sacrificially as a consequence of having discovered this truth. Simon's conversation with the Lord of the Flies also parallels the confrontation between Jesus and the devil during Jesus's forty days in the wilderness. By Jay Parekh 11RO ...read more.

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