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The Flies Survive

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The Flies Survive Evil and destructive forces evolve naturally in the course of human nature. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding presents the reader with a society within a group of boys stranded on an island. Initially, Ralph and Simon are assigned the roles of the protagonists, but as the novel comes to an end only one will reveal his true aspects as a leader. Ralph and Simon are intrinsically motivated to be good, but the author contrasts their decency by allowing one individual to succumb to evil. Degeneration is accomplished through characterization because the forces of good are overcome by the forces of evil. Simon is motivated by his personal desire, while Ralph is motivated by social pressure. Throughout the novel, Golding uses characterization to illustrate that the desire to be "good" is naturally guided by morals. Simon is kind, generous, helpful, and shy. He also enjoys nature. He is introduced briefly to the reader attempting to draw as little attention to him as possible. "...the boy who fainted set up against a palm trunk, and smiled pallidly at Ralph and said that his name was Simon" (22). Simon was not overly anxious to give orders or express his plans to be rescued to the boys. Instead, Simon allowed Ralph and Jack, who had the desire to be the leaders, to guide the boys through the steps for a successful rescue. ...read more.


Fighting the battle against evil alone is an obstacle and only a strong willed character is able overcome the evil inside. At the beginning of the novel, characters demonstrate multiple roles, but their true roles will appear move obvious. Golding places Ralph in a leadership role, sharing with Simon the duties of the protagonist. Ralph calls the meetings and orders the boys to do certain jobs. However, civilization becomes chaotic and evil begins to take precedence over his good intentions and quality of leadership skills. Ralph was a leader that started out caring for all the boys. He was so intent in making every decision the correct decision that he became apprehensive because he wanted to plan his actions properly. "Listen, everybody. I've got to have time to think things out. I can't decide what to do straight off [...]" (23). Ralph was intent on molding the group of boys into a civilization that consisted of order and helping each other with a teamwork atmosphere. A leader has to motivate the group in order to be successful. One of the first plans Ralph announced to the boys was to make a signal fire. He felt their best chance of rescue was to create smoke and alert those traveling nearby. He knew the only way people on the boats would realize their existence on the island was if the boats detected smoke. Ralph became obsessed with the signal fire and placed Jack and the hunters in charge of the fire. ...read more.


Simon's final quest to aid in recapturing decency was his final defeat. The Lord of the Flies thrives on the weak and tries to defeat the strong willed. "There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the Beast." Simon's mouth labored, brought forth audible words..."Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!" said the head. You knew, didn't you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are the way they are?" (143). Lord of the Flies is a grim reminder of how easily and quickly a society can be broken down. Selfishness, anger, and lack of discipline can all lead to chaos and destruction. Simon, on the other hand, portrays a great example of a peacemaker. His effort to get along with the boys is an encouragement that positive actions do make a difference. At the same time, Ralph illustrates the act of goodness which is forced upon him through the pressure of society. Golding uses characterization in order to show how forces of evil and good work within humans, magnifying the character's behavior as order are lost in civilization. The author also magnifies this further when the rescuers are taking part in war. The boys' biggest fear was the "beast", but the final demise was within each boy mentally affecting their civilization. The failure to work together for the good of all and self-centeredness was their weakness. It was not the outside forces, but evil from within each person's mind was the final defeat. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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