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The Lord Of Wickedness And The Leviathan

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Thomas Hobbes once said, “Hereby it is a manifest, that during the time man live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war . . .” (Hobbes 64). Hobbes, an Enlightenment thinker, believes that humans are inherently evil, and if lacking a strong moral leader, everything will resort to an existence of chaos. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies effectively provides numerous instances that highlights Hobbes’ viewpoint. Throughout the story, it becomes evident that the manner in which the boys increasingly lose their civility and degenerate into savages, how they end up doing anything either to survive or simply to acquire perverse enjoyment. Golding ably demonstrates the innate evil in human through religious allegories, involving events, characters, and settings clearly based on the Bible.
Golding uses events that relates to several biblical characters’ actions in the novel. One such event employed by the author involves Ralph scolding Jack for allowing the rescue-fire die out, at which point Jack “noticed Ralph’s scarred nakedness . . . His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing” (Golding 70). Nakedness symbolizes innocence. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are not aware of their nakedness until they have been corrupted by Satan. Hence, when Jack notices Ralph’s nakedness, it is clear that he has been corrupted. He is no longer the innocent boy he once was. Furthermore, knowledge symbolizes the fruit of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, which ultimately corrupts its two inhabitance. Jack’s mind abounds with the fruit of knowledge, defiling him and turning him into a savage. When naval officers finally rescue the boys, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence” (Golding 202). Similarly, in the Bible, God sends rain for forty days, since he wants to cleanse the evil that resized humans. Forewarned, the righteous Noah builds his fabled ark, saving whom and what God has designated to be reborn into civilization. Ralph’s tears symbolize that rain, which baptize them and allow them to regain their innocence. And, the recue ship symbolizes Noah’s ark. Both mercifully help people return to civilization and their former innocent selves.
The characters in Lord of the Flies parallel to several biblical characters. Thus, when Ralph condemns himself, Simon cheers him up with, “You’ll get back to where you came from” (Golding 111). According to the Bible, only Satan can cause condemnation. Such support gives Ralph hope, and here Golding symbolizes Simon as Jesus, as he saves Ralph from being destroyed...

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