Beelzebub Essay

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Man in his worst form can only be witnessed in times of crucial survival. Instinct plays a role in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, when a group of young boys are marooned a vacant island during an emergency evacuation. Forgetting the war-induced society they hail from the boys are compelled to assemble and form a new culture, one dissimilar from the society they originate from. Quickly after the boys are liberated from society they turn against one another in the face of an imaginary enemy. William Golding uses symbols to show the darker instinct of man and in response to the book The Coral Island where a group of boys are also marooned on an island yet live at peace with one another. Two boys, Ralph and Jack are used to symbolize morality and immorality; since both boys have different concepts on how to govern the island. Each act out on impulses for what they think is for the greater good. Other than characters that are symbols William uses a lot of objects as symbols to represent multiply themes and motifs. William Golding uses symbolism show that in times of survival all act upon a darker instinct that is already inside.

The symbols aren’t just inanimate objects but characters also. For example; Piggy an overweight asthmatic kid who cannot see without his glasses, represents mental strength and physical weakness. With his keen mental strength Piggy tries to enforce a governmental system. “What’s better--- To have rules and agreeing or to hunt and kill?” (164) Piggy tries one last time to knock some sense into the unruly boy’s right before Roger murders him. Piggy is a rational boy who tries to think about the way that adults would handle this situation. Piggy is the outsider of the group, and many of his actions are to fit in with the others. “Piggy was so full of delight and expanding liberty in Jack’s departure, so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society, that he helped to fetch wood.” (118) Unlike the rest of the group Piggy will do anything to fit in with the other boys although, they never seem to accept him for who he is, Piggy still tries to impress them. The absence of an authority figure causes the boys to return to a more familiar state of amorality.

Objects that William Golding uses to symbolize the dark side of human nature play an important role in the novel. An important symbol in the novel is the conch, which represents society and organization. The conch is used as a tool to support a civilization and power. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist." (181) The...

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