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Critical Analysis Of Lord Of The Flies

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The work being criticized in this paper is the Lord of The Flies. The Lord of The Flies, by William Golding, is about the faults in human society as well as in human nature and it achieves this through its heavy use of symbolism. Many smalls symbols go into creating the overly larger picture and overall theme.
In the middle of a war a group of British schoolboys are being evacuated, they are shot down over a deserted island. The first two boys we meet Ralph and Piggy find their way to the beach where they find a conch shell. They use the shell to summon all the other boys on the island to the beach. He has the boys democratically elect a leader which turns out to be him and appoints Jack ...view middle of the document...

Upon returning to the beach Jack calls Ralph a coward and tries to convince the group to make him leader, upon failing he leaves and asks his hunters to join him. Ralph rallies the boys to make another signal fire down by the beach, but as they are making it many of the boys sneak away to join Jack. Jack takes his new tribe on a hunt in which they kill a sow, they decapitate its head and put in on a pike in the ground as an offering to the beast. Simon having stayed with Ralph wondered out and stumbled upon the head, he hallucinates it talking to him, and realizes that the beast is not an external force but one from within. He goes to share this information with the hunters of which Ralph and Piggy are partaking a meal with, and gets attacked by them as they misunderstood who he was and killed him. The following day, Jack leads a raid on Ralph’s camp where he steals piggy’s glasses and makes them flee. Ralph goes to Jack’s stronghold to make him see reason but Jack fights him. Roger, one of Jack’s followers, rolls a boulder down the mountain which lands on Piggy killing him and destroying the conch. Ralph manages to escape and takes refuge in the forest. Jack orders the forest to be lit on fire to smoke Ralph out. Ralph is forced out onto the beach where he knows they will kill him. But right then a British naval officer arrives and saves him from this tragic fate.
The Lord of the Flies title itself is symbolic, “it is a mistranslation of a mis transliterated word which gave us this pungent and suggestive name for the devil”(Epstein 205). Piggy represented logic and reasoning, “he is the only one to rationalize all events”(Parivelan A critical analysis of the psychological insights in Lord of the Flies by William Golding). He would give Ralph advice on what to do in certain situations. His loss of sight and eventual death is symbolic to the death of reason and logic. Ralph represented order, not only was he the leader he made many attempts to keep them orderly and make steps towards being rescued. Jack represents passion you can clearly see this in his “I ought to be chief because I’m chapter choister and head boy”(Parivelan A critical analysis of the...

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