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Lord of the Flies Essay

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Lord of the Flies Essay "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy." Lord of the Flies is a novel that explores instinctive human evil. At the end of the novel, Ralph realizes his loss of innocence and the evil that exists in each and every human being. This is portrayed in the above quote. In this novel, William Golding writes about the human struggle to be civilized such as obeying laws and to act morally, or to be savage by using power with evil, acting selfishly and being violent. The novel starts off with young British schoolboys unexpectedly arriving on a stranded island after their plane crashes. Two of the main characters, Ralph and Piggy, find a conch shell on the beach and use it to gather all the boys in an assembly. ...read more.

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Piggy was then killed by a boulder landing on him and the conch shell was destroyed, signifying the end of civilized distinct. Ralph was hunted by Jack's tribe and eventually he discovered a naval officer on the beach. The officer's ship had noticed the fire in the jungle that was created by Jack. Ralph realized that he was safe, but began to sob after thinking about the events that had occurred on the island. In order for the entire plot to take place, the fact that the boys are stuck on a stranded island with no adults or civilization is extremely important. Lord of the Flies is set on a deserted island during a war. The schoolboys were being flown out to safety because of the war, but they crash-landed onto this unknown island. Each part of the island holds a significant importance in the development of the novel. ...read more.

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Their loss of innocence is due to the natural evil that is always existent in every human being. I believe that the theme 'Civilization vs. Savagery' that Golding writes about is indeed very true. It may not be to the same extent of blood-thirsty, violent hunters, but savagery does exist in other forms. From selfish, everyday people to the desirers of money and power, evil exists in every single person. In reality, there are people out in the world that long for power and such, while there are law-followers who try to live a good and truthful life. Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel based on the conflict between civilization and savagery. It shows that civilization can moderate the instinctive evil in all humans, but it can never completely get rid of it. Even at the height of civilization, there will always be power-seeking people wanting more. So was the Beast real in the Lord of the Flies? Yes, I believe in some ways that it was. ...read more.

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