Biblical Allusions: Golding´S Lord Of The Flies

1082 words - 4 pages

In many classic novels, authors use biblical allusions to highlight a certain character or situation. By using biblical allusions, authors can help the reader better understand what it is that they want to convey through their literary work. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Golding utilizes symbolism of places and characters to allude to the Bible. Out of the many references, four significant biblical allusions – title of the novel, Simon, beast, and the island itself – emphasize Golding’s theme inherent sin and evil in mankind.
The title, Lord of the Flies, refers to the pig’s head that was placed on a spear and worshiped by the young boys on the island. In other words, the boys have chosen to believe in a fake deity, much like the people of Israel, who built golden calves to worship. And along with these fake gods comes along sacrifices, such as the head was for the beast as Jack stated, “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift” (137). Additionally, the lord of the flies is also known as Beelzebub, an Egyptian god that was linked with the 4th plague, as one of the ten plagues God sent over Egypt through Moses. To further suggest a biblical allusion, Beelzebub is deemed a demon within The Bible and is one of the many vividly described embodiments of evil within the book: “At least Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood – and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition” (138). Golding effectively uses the lord of the flies as a biblical allusion because he is able to exploit the underlying tone of subtle evil that begins to surface within the boys, through their worship of a disgusting thing. However, the allusion loses its power if the readers were unacquainted with The Bible because they would only think of the scene as deteriorating and nasty, and miss the evil behind the lord of the flies.
Furthermore, another biblical allusion is Jesus illustrated by Simon. First off, Simon’s character is spiritually centered and his name is derived from the apostles in the Bible. Golding shapes him as a boy who extends his hand to the weak, just as Jesus does as the son of God. For example, when the littluns follow Simon, “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, [and] passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (56).Simon is the core of good within the destruction arousing within the other boys on the island. As a Christ-like figure, Simon’s actions mirror the Bible’s telling of the works of Jesus. For instance, Simon always strives to bring about sanity to the young boys, who slowly fall to their “inherent evil,” theorized by Golding. Similarly, until his death, Jesus attempts to bring about righteousness and even his death, in itself, was meant to cleanse the people who have sinned against the Lord, so that they would be forgiven. In addition, Simon can also be tied to the prophets in The Bible, because it was the...

Find Another Essay On Biblical Allusions: Golding´s Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1029 words - 4 pages true nature of man is bad. He also injects many religious and biblical parallels that can be seen throughout the book. 300 years prior, Thomas Hobbes, in his famous piece The Leviathan, claimed that the “life of man” is, “nasty, brutish, and short.”1 Hobbes and Golding have similar views of the nature of man and Lord of the Flies is a fictional story exemplifying Hobbes thoughts in the Leviathan. Golding sets up his theme with having certain

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1690 words - 7 pages William Golding was influenced by World War II because he joined the military, also because of his life in England before during and after the war. Throughout Goldings time in the military he accomplished many things, but he also witnessed plenty of horrors that almost definitely influenced him in the writing of Lord of the Flies. William Golding went to school at Oxford university where he studied English and ended up becoming a teacher and a

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1322 words - 5 pages Symbolism is using words, places, people, and objects for a meaning that is deeper than its literal meaning. In the novel, “Lord of the Flies,” William Golding uses so much symbolism that the novel could arguably be viewed as an allegory, or a writing with a double meaning. While not all of the symbols are very obvious, the novels title for example, a few of them are, for example, the conch shell, the fire and the parachutist are all very

Lord of The Flies by William Golding

1179 words - 5 pages important image in the novel after Simon confronts the sow’s head in the forests and it seems to speak to him, "Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt or kill! (…) You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close. I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?" (Golding, 168) Simon is the only boy to truly grasp that "the beast" is just all the negative, horrible aspects of mankind. The Lord of the Flies also

Lord of the Flies by William Golding - 1762 words

1762 words - 8 pages Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a fictional novel highlighting natural characteristics of man kind. The Book was created during the post World War II period. Before creating this novel, William had experience in the navy where he learned of the nature of mankind. The introduction of the book portrays a plane crash where a large group of boys are stranded on an island. Here they grow in character and human instincts

"Lord Of the Flies" by William Golding

1661 words - 7 pages The classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an exciting adventure deep into the nether regions of the mind, the part of the brain that is suppressed by the ordinary tasks of modern society. It is a struggle between Ralph and Jack, the boys and the Beast, and good and evil. This wonderfully written allegory on human society has a fantastic approach toward reality. It is a simple narrative that is exciting and moving while having a

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

1175 words - 5 pages truly have nothing to keep them from fully becoming savages. The use of imagery aided the readers in picturing savagery as an entity within the boys through the facial changes in the plot, the killing of the pig, and the death of Piggy. For the entire novel, not one happy feeling is felt. This book was written by William Golding; he fought in World War 2, witnessing the horrors and destruction mankind caused. Lord of the Flies is based on his

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

962 words - 4 pages William Golding explores the vulnerability of society in a way that can be read on many different levels. A less detailed look at the book, Lord of the Flies, is a simple fable about boys stranded on an island. Another way to comprehend the book is as a statement about mans inner savage and reverting to a primitive state without societies boundaries. By examining the Lord of the Flies further, it is revealed that many themes portray Golding’s

"Lord of the Flies", by William Golding

715 words - 3 pages Lord of the FliesChristian SymbolismLord of the Flies is an allegoric novel, meaning that the characters and the environment have an indirect symbolic meaning. This is especially true with the case of Simon and the island the boys are stranded on. Simon symbolizes a Christ figure on the island, while the island itself represents a sort heaven on Earth. But these depictions are not complete and are not meant to be the main focus of the

"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

843 words - 3 pages Lord of the Flies by William GoldingSummaryThe Story ´Lord of the Flies´, written by William Golding deals with a group of boys (no girls) that got evacuated by airplane from nuclear war. The plane crashed on a tropic island and now the boys are on their one - no adults, no civilisation. The main plot of the story is the forming of an society in order to create organised living conditions. In the beginning the boys build a

"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

925 words - 4 pages The novel "Lord of the Flies" written by William Golding does reflect the time in which it was written (just after the war) to a certain extent and it does show the beliefs of the author, but I do not believe the novel will endure throughout time because it's not successful in revealing universal messages about humans.William Golding was born in Cornwall in 1911 and was educated at Marlborough Grammar School and at Brasenose College, Oxford. His

Similar Essays

Biblical Allusions In Lord Of The Flies

726 words - 3 pages Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies In the story, Lord of the Flies, there are many biblical allusions; Simon represents Jesus, the pig’s head represents Satan or rather their satanic sides, Jack represents Judas, and the island represents the Garden of Eden. Through out this novel these allusions play large parts in the story and ideals place in the story. Simon, one of the major characters in the story, is set as the allusion of

Symbolism In William Golding´S Lord Of The Flies

3371 words - 14 pages In his book, Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses symbols to give power and meaning to his novel. Golding uses symbols to illustrate the novel’s main theme, which is the struggle between good and evil. “All human beings have a dark side that can cause the breakdown of individual or community moral standards, if this dark side gains sway over reason and right thinking.” (Henning field, “An overview of Lord of the Flies”.) The usage of major

Fear In William Golding´S Lord Of The Flies

1160 words - 5 pages conclusion, by reading the Novel by William Golding titled The Lord of The Flies we encountered many different forms of fear being from the beast, the loss of humanity, and the fear of realization. These forms of fear relate only to this novel but, many feelings these boys on the island felt we feel time and time again in our everyday society. Everyone on this earth comes to grasp with a time of fear in their lives and it is up to oneself if they

Biblical Themes In "Lord Of The Flies"

756 words - 3 pages 34). This quote shows a direct reference to a biblical location, yet another link between Lord of the Flies and the Bible. Furthermore, Golding describes the island as being an Eden, unspoiled and sustaining, much as the Garden of Eden we find in the Bible. Thus through diction Golding’s connection to western literature is confirmed.In the ways of diction and characterization Golding’s Lord of the Flies is very similar to western