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The Lord of the Flies in Different Interpretations.

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The Lord of the Flies in Different Interpretations The novel 'Lord of the Flies' can be interpreted at a number of different views. Lord of the Flies refers to Beelzebub, another name for the devil. He is also called the Lord of Filth and Dung. Throughout the novel, the children grow dirtier and dirtier, an outward reflection of their inner state. As their savagery and evil increases, they seek a symbol, a god to worship. When Jack and his hunters kill a boar, they have their opportunity; they leave the pig's head impaled on a stake as an offering to the beast. The head is soon rotting and covered with flies. The head, referred to as the "Lord of the Flies" then serves as a symbol of the evil and savagery of Jack's tribe of hunters. At the end of the novel, Ralph, with disgust, knocks the boar's skull to the ground and seizes the stick to use as a spear. He understands the evil that surrounds him in the person of Jack, and he seeks to destroy it. The novel is an adventure story as a whole. It is about the struggle of survival and dominance. It gives us an idea of what young boys may have to do in real life situations. Permitting Ralph who is saved by 'Deus ex Machina.' ...read more.

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To remind the others of his leadership, he wisely and sparingly uses the conch as a symbol of his authority. Jack does not like the democracy and its rules. He tries to convince the other boys to vote Ralph out of office and put him in the leadership role. When they refuse to elect Jack, he reacts in anarchy. He deserts the democratic way of life, seizes a part of the island for himself, and gains followers through strong arm tactics. He and his savage hunters raid the democratic headquarters and steal the last remnants of their civilization (the fire and the glasses) and break the conch (their authority). Then Jack begins to rule selfishly for his own good and pleasure. Like a dictator, he makes his own laws regardless of the consequences, doles out punishment as he sees fit, encourages savagery amongst his followers, and demands loyalty to the point of servitude. Although democracy does not survive on the island, neither can anarchy. Ralph and Piggy believe in right and wrong. This is shown when they establish priorities according to rational principles. They begin to realise the important long term interests such as the shelters, amenities and safety, but Jack rejects the rules. This shows a sign of self interest and irrational emotions. Ralph and Piggy recognize the work that has to be done but still do it. The Lord of the Flies is often described as a retelling of Christian parables. ...read more.

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Golding is saying is that humanity "is deaf to the voices of its prophets". Golding also expresses his point of view by Simon's interview with Lord of the Flies where he indicates that man is inherently evil. The author communicates his morals and beliefs through the character of Simon. The novel ends with naval officers arriving on the island. The one that spies Ralph and the savages, who chase him, sees the boys as dirty children involved in fun and games. When he learns from Ralph what has happened on the island, he is amazed that civilized British children could sink to such a low level of humanity. Ralph and the boys listening to his scolding and break into tears that quickly become sobs. They are crying over the horror of their experience and relief over returning to civilization. As the boys weep, the naval officer simply looks out to sea to allow them to regain their equanimity. Ralph is the only one that understands what has happened. He weeps for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy. The naval officer fails to see the significance of the boys' experience. His not realizing what has happened on the island mirrors his own inability to recognize evil within himself and mankind. These children should be innocent and should be playing games, instead, they have become the reality in all of us, not that of innocence, but of evil. ...read more.

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