The Consequences of War
War is defined as armed conflict between different nations or groups of people. In the novel The Lord of the Flies, the characters face a war of their own. The novel takes place on an island in which a group of British schoolboys are stranded after being the only survivors of a plane crash. The boys have to work together in order to survive and be rescued from the island. However, they are eventually divided because of contrasting opinions and begin fighting amongst each other, which causes them to feel the repercussions of their actions. Lives being lost, nature being destroyed, as well as civilization falling, and people losing their innocence and descending into savagery are some of the consequences of war that the boys felt firsthand while on the island.
One of the consequences of war is the loss of the value of life that results in the loss of life. In Lord of the Flies, two of the main characters die, Piggy and Simon. As seen in the book, the quote, “Simon’s dead body moved out toward the open sea”, is contributing to the death of Simon (Golding 154). Simon was the most innocent boy in the story and unfortunately the first to die. Ralph and Piggy were so grieved with themselves, claiming that they had done nothing wrong, but actually had. Seen that they are bothered within themselves in what they did, Ralph speaks up to Piggy saying, “Piggy, that was murder. I wasn’t scared.”(Golding 156), with Piggy responding, “We was scared! Anything might have happened.” (Golding 156). These quotes that were spoken by Ralph and Piggy are showing that they really did care for Simon, they just did not realize it until the lost him due to the fighting of all the boys. Near the ending of the book, Piggy lamentably dies. Piggy was sadly killed by Roger, who was one of the older boys, being ironic because Roger is the symbol of Satan in the story. Piggy was killed by the massive boulder that Roger had pushed off the mountain, which struck Piggy from the chin to the knee. Ralph’s last thoughts are a main theme in the book stating that “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of a man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Golding 202). As seen, Piggy is valued at the end, but not at the beginning, for he was called “fat” by Ralph and the others, mistreated by not having the right to speak even when he had the conch shell, and even being killed by Roger pushing the boulder to strike Piggy when everyone is fighting, yet again. Like Simon, he was not valued by the others until he was gone. Human life is not the only casualty of war, the loss of nature leaves lasting scars on the Earth from the battles that the boys started.
At the beginning of Lord of the Flies nature is described as whole and mesmerizing which is shown at the beginning of the book; “The top of this (granite platform) was covered with a thin layer of soil and coarse grass and shaded with young palm trees. There was not...