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Symbolism in Lord of the Flies By William Golding.

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Lord of the Flies By: William Golding In the Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows symbolism and representational meaning, by showing the start of his theme toward the development of evil and wildness on a deserted island. Using symbolism, Golding questions the so-called innocence of a child describing the children as savages in what symbolizes the loss of childhood innocence. These children characterized in Golding's Lord of the Flies are constantly trying to over power one another, but eventually two of them get hurt in the process. Golding uses in depth character to depict the symbolism of evil, power, and innocence on the island. Bernard Dick describes how Golding has chosen to illustrate his theory of evil. "Even though evil is aboriginal, it remains undeveloped until the right set of conditions triggers it."(Dick 11) Bernard also believes that Golding is not really a fatalist, much less a Calvinist and that fate and free will, will coexist in his universe. The rock that was used to kill Piggy and the knife that belonged to Jack represents the violence and evil inside each of the boys. "Jacks Faustian reward is power through perception. He perceives almost intuitively the use of mask, dance, ritual, and propitiation to ward off-and yet encourage simultaneously-fear of the unknown." ...read more.

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In the book there was a cycle of man's rise to power, and his expected fall from that power. The Lord Of The Flies symbolizes this fall in different ways. One minute it was a pig running freely around the island and the next the pig is a prisoner, and finally the end of its freedom and the release of its life. The boys had their say in each of the matters, but as time progressed it seemed as though they kept quiet, in fear that Jack would retaliate against them. An airplane crash-landed on a tropical island leaving only a group of children as survivors, "the contemporary world's symbol of innocence" (Coskren 255). Having these children on a tropical island with no one to teach them right from wrong should declare them innocent. But Claire Rosenfield believes that the narrative follows the children's gradual return to the amorality of childhood, a non-innocence that makes them small savages (Rosenfield 261). The lack of grown-ups really made this impact difficult because the grown ups would have maintained society's order and enforced it among the children as they typically do in a civilized society. Basic wildness is the theme of this book (Epstein 279). ...read more.

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He states, "If William Gloding's universe is 'a cruel and irrational chaos,' he has certainly chosen most inappropriate words to describe it (Coskren 255)." Everyone, at one time or another has dreamed of running away to a deserted island to get away from the real world. But in William Golding's Lord of the Flies perceives a fantasy world we only dream about and bring it to reality. When the dream finally comes true for a group of English boys, things don't actually turn out as glorious as they once imagined. Human nature went into effect and let evil run wild. This could have been one of the best argumentative points a person had to give in order to grasp the terminology of how evil works. In the end good surpasses evil and it cured the boys from he wrong temptations. Hence, evil does reside in the darkness of everyone's soul, but being prepared to watch out for evil and shove it back into its shadowy corners and when it strikes it is something we all can conquer. Ralph was one of the strongest and held on until the end. If you understood the key events, then you know how evil is inherent in human nature and should be aware of it. Chacon 1 Richard Chacon April 15, 2003 English 1302 ...read more.

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