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'While "Lord of the Flies" is a book about children, its ideas are deeply and disturbingly adult' - How far do you believe this to be true?

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'While "Lord of the Flies" is a book about children, its ideas are deeply and disturbingly adult.' How far do you believe this to be true? Vikki Neilly 10A There are many themes in Lord of the Flies, which can be explored on a deeper, more adult level than just the basic plot. Many of the themes explored in the book are deeply and disturbingly adult. Lord of the Flies is an allegory. The ideas expressed are very complex and the story is told through a number of symbols. The adult themes, which run through the book, are hard to express in any other way than in a story, such as this. However, the text needs to be studied on a deeper level in order for these to show. One of the man themes running throughout the book is the battle between good and evil. This is a theme, which can be explored on a deep, adult level. At the beginning of the book, when the boys meet for the first time, Jack says to Piggy "Shut up, Fatty!" this is one of the first signs that evil is emerging. As time goes on, a clear division between the boys becomes apparent. Jack and his group are on one side, and Ralph and Piggy's group are on the other. ...read more.

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In actual fact, it is not a creature as originally thought, but the dark side of human nature. Everybody was aware of the beast but they saw it more as being physical, rather than mental. By the end of the novel, evil has taken over, as more people joined Jack's group and results in a vicious manhunt between Jack and Ralph. The idea of evil taking over in people even boys of such a young age is a very adult idea, which makes people think. If the novel were just read as a basic fable, this would not be so apparent. But when read 'between the lines' the adult theme becomes clear. Another theme Golding discusses in Lord of the Flies is the issue of law and order. This is another adult theme, the text needs to be read on a deeper level in order to see this. Piggy and Ralph are the main believers in law and order on the island. Jack has no time to think about this, as he is always hunting and killing with his tribe. Ralph and Piggy think about the importance of keeping things together on the island. Ralph is constantly making rules for the other boys to follow; common sense rules. Piggy and Ralph systematically work together as a team. ...read more.

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Jack is a clear example of this. He constantly makes fun of Piggy. He starts off by calling him "Fatty" and in doing this "laughter arose." This shows that Jack got a response from the rest of the boys, making him feel more important. Jack then goes on to punch Piggy and break his glasses. He is making himself out to be a more important figure, to make himself look better and gain respect. The fact that inner evil can only be covered up until it breaks free is another main theme running throughout the book. Ralph and his tribe were able to foster the good inside them and prevent evil from prevailing. They are strong believers that society holds everyone together and in order to maintain a level of integrity, order is needed. Jack on the other hand, didn't have enough strength and will power to keep the evil inside of him. His obsession with hunting, death and savagery brought out the evil within him. He insisted on hunting, even though it wasn't entirely necessary. Overall, I think that the themes discussed in Lord of the Flies are deeply adult. The book can be read on two levels, one being the basic plot; a fable, and the other being an allegory, with hidden meanings and symbols, which is a more adult issue. ...read more.

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