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Shanshan wang 5/28/06 utopia and dystopia Fate In the lord of the Flies, the author vividly represented the sinful nature of man through the heavy symbolizes in the book. Jack, Ralph, Piggy and Simon are all can be seen as the symbols to the different kinds of people in our society. Symbolisms in the book displayed Golding's belief of the nature of mankind. He believes that the change from civilization to primitivism and anarchy is unavoidable if there is not any direct authority over people. It emphasized the human tendency to obey rules. Further more, the desire for power, selfishness, and violence of human ultimately determined the savagery of mankind. It made utopia impossible to achieve. Golding makes heavy use of symbols throughout the book to present dramatic conflicts of the novel. So it clearly indicated the different political sides in the society. In the same time, through the flamboyant description of the behavior of boys who were isolated in the island, it showed us the struggles between the ordering elements of society. ...read more.


Ralph is totally fair, has the right priorities. He is an honest, thoughtful leader. Throughout the novel he is constantly making rules for the boys to follow. As chief, he knows right from wrong. Right after he got elected as a chief, he said that "Everybody must stay round here and wait and not go away. Three of us will go on an expedition and find out more about the island" It clearly showed that Ralph were dividing labors and trying hard to get rescued. He is also a very democratic leader. It was his idea to vote for a chief. Ralph represented the struggle for democracy and order while he failed to keep it. He always shouted that "I've got the conch, everybody listens to me" in vain. At last, he was still desperately trying to convince other boys about law and order, "Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and break things up". However, Savagery as one of the human nature had overcame fairness. As the result, the democracy in the society became a failure and turned out to be a tragedy because of human nature through author's description. ...read more.


For the moment the boys were a closed circuit of sympathy." The whole groups of boys were making fun of him when people knew his name "piggy". The littleuns might be seen as the people in middle or lower class of the society. In the book, older boys always treat little boys as object for their own amusement. When littleuns found a "beast" in the forest, no one believed them, instead "Jack looked at the little boy in mixed amusement and exasperation." Just like the normal people in the society, powerful governor or businessmen sometimes use them as a tool to satisfy their own needs. In " Lord of the Flies", William Golding uses those characters to symbolize different aspects of the society. Before all the boys were rescued, the savages obviously overtook democracy on the island. By indicating those boys as different class of people in the society, the sadness of human nature was shown when Ralph was hunted and three guys were dead the end. The author criticized tendency of human through the political metaphors in the story. Violent and cruel brought the society to a fate, the change from happiness to chaos. Consequently, a society of utopia is impossible to reach. ...read more.

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