Lord Of The Flies Critical Essay

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I enjoyed reading William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” novel. One aspect of the book that made it a pleasure to read was the turning point in which the all boys in the book took part in the execution of another boy called Simon. After the death of Simon, Ralph tries to admit that he took part in the killing of Simon, however he is talked out of it by Piggy, who denies being involved. The boys who took part in Simon’s death are bloodlust and eager to kill again as Roger pushes a boulder from a cliff which smashes the conch, which represents the pillar of civilisation and indents Piggy’s skull, killing him in the process. Upon Piggy’s death the boys then hunt for Ralph, hunting him down as if he was a pig.

The book talks about a group of boys who are left stranded on an island without any parental supervision. The boys face numerous problems from setting up a fire to being scared from the thought of a “beast”. The elected leader of the group Ralph, is constantly challenged by another boy called Jack; however when jack leaves the group to make his own group it’s a war between civilisation and savagery. The boys kill Simon mistaking him for the “beast” then moments later Roger without any real motive kills Piggy in cold blood. Ralph runs away from the fight, running for his life, the use fire to smoke him out, he crawls out awaiting death until he looks up, where a naval officer is looking down at him and prevents the other boys murdering him

Golding depicts Simon’s death quite graphically and it is what I believe to be the major turning point in the book. Once Simon is killed civilisation no longer exists as all the boys take part in his brutal death:

“The beast struggled forward, broke the ring and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water. At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck,bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.”

We see the last moments of Simon as the boys think he is the beast, it describes the beast’s movements as “struggled” which suggests Simon’s confusion as these people are supposed to be his friends. The fact that the boys don’t recognise Simon shows how corrupted they are. As the boys “surge” towards Simon it paints a animalistic image of the boys and you think about cavemen when they walked on Earth, the boys here have reverted back to those savage times. When the boys rip Simon apart they are described to be“tearing of teeth and claws” this further emphasizes this animalistic image of the boys, chaos has taken over their minds and are not even human anymore. His death represents the fall of civilisation as the main bearers of Civilisation take part in this savage act.

The next morning, Ralph and Piggy meet on the beach. They are bruised and sore and feel awkward and deeply ashamed of their behavior the previous night. Piggy, who is unable to confront his role in Simon’s death, attributes the tragedy t...

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