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The Breakdown Of Charactors And Main Themes Of The Book "Lord Of The Flies" And How They Symbolize Society.

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The island:I got the impression that the island was comparable to one's most delightful dream. It's a beautiful and peaceful haven, full of serenity and life, which is coincidentally also uninhabited by humans. As soon as the airplane full of children crashes, the island is mentioned as having a scar. Since this book made referrals to the second World War, I believe that Golding was making an allusion to the atomic bombs and the scar that it had made to the islands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The people of Japan eventually live on with their lives and recover from the tragedy, however the bombings were so destructive that it will always be remembered as a sort of distinguishing mark. This scar might symbolize the nature of humans and our tendency to destroy ourselves but eventually recover.Golding uses the island to represent the world and the children as society. He uses this technique to set up his own miniature world where every character represents an important figure in society, for example Piggy the outcast and Ralph the political leader.Children:I believe that Golding uses children because they are thought of as innocent and pure. He uses these children, that are no older then the age of twelve, to show that it is our human nature to harm others and ourselves.Jack:He is first introduced as the leader of the choir. He has leadership qualities that appear right from the beginning of the book, and because he didn't get to become the leader of children, there is a competitive attitude between him and Ralph. When Ralph is elected leader, he first suggests assigning jobs. Jack quickly volunteers himself and his choir as hunters. As the novel progresses, we watch Jack's obsession with killing grow. In the first chapter Jack was unable to kill the pig that him, Ralph and Simon while the climbing the moutain. At the time, he still had a healthy conscience and the social condition from his home would not let him kill the living animal. He later tells the boys that it was only a mistake and that he will be able to next time. From then on he becomes obsessed with hunting, so obsessed that at the end he paints his face in a mask to better camoflauge hinself. Jack brings it too far when he coaxes the boys that keep the fire, to help him hunt for pigs, and the fire goes out because it is un-attended. He does end up hunting a big and describes the adventure to Jack as "taking away [the pig's] life like a long satisfying drink"(p74)Critique: Jack's action of making a mask symbolizes his escape from humanity. He is transforming into a creature of the wild, one that differs and doesn't consider the laws of civilzation. Jack now enjoys killing because it gives him a sense of power. Golding shows through the character how every man has an obsession with power and control. I predict that Jack will become un-controllable and be the cause of the downfall of their society.I hope to find out later on in the book, where Jack gets his behavior and leadership from, and...

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