22 May 2011
Lord of the Flies Final Essay
In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, he uses many elements of style, such as aggressiveness to describe characters leadership skills. After analyzing Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, it is clear that through the aggressive nature of his words, he suggests that mans natural state is savage and cruel, which suggest that the most ineffective leaders are useless and weak.
Golding reveals that being violent and aggressive is a way of being a poor and therefore unsuccessful leader. Ralph shows his hostile behavior when he and Piggy are walking along the beach and Piggy is repetitively asking questions, “Are you sure? Really sure, I mean? … D’you think we’re safe down here?” Ralph replies, “‘How the hell should I know?’ Ralph jerked away from him and walked a few paces ahead of him” (Golding 124).
Some may conclude that Ralph is only getting annoyed with Piggy because he asks so many questions. However, Ralph is showing his ineffective leadership skills because of the way he reacts when he is asked a few simple questions. Golding also reveals aggressive nature when Simon is talking to the Lord of the Flies. Simon is walking in the forest to look for the “beastie” and comes across the Lord of the Flies, and it starts talking to him, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why thing are what they are?” (Golding 143).
Mrs. Ney Junior English (131), mods. 15-16 William Golding The Work of William Gerald Golding, late 20 th century British novelist, offers something new in every novel, has a theme of good and evil and the natural corruption of human nature and reflects his personal experiences as a child, as a young man in the navy and his experience with his father who was a strong believer in rationalism. ...
The Lord of the Flies represents Jack because they are both violent and yell at people plenty, and in this passage, it seems like Simon is talking to Jack and being criticized by this inanimate object. The fact that the Lord of the Flies uses aggressive words and aggressive nature to make Simon feel bad about himself show that when one is aggressive and flat out nasty towards someone else, they make for a poor leader. Golding shows how Jack is belligerent as well as being rude and spiteful. In chapter eleven, right after Piggy is murdered by Roger, Jack proclaims to Ralph, “See? See? That’s what you’ll get! I meant that! There isn’t a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone-” (Golding 181).
The fact that Jack is rubbing it in Ralph’s face that his best friend died, demonstrates how shows how spiteful and rude he is. Usually, one would send forward their sorrows when something like this occurs, but Jack just starts yelling and making Ralph feel like it is his fault that Piggy died. This shows that Hack is an ineffective leader because a good leader would comfort someone and help them get through hart times.
Golding compares aggressive style with ineffective leadership to suggest that man’s natural state is savage and cruel. Through Golding’s animalistic word choice, we can really feel how intense the need for survival and power is. When Simon is walking back to the beach after talking to the Lord of the Flies, Jack directs the boys to attack him, “There were no words, and no movements but tearing of teeth and claws” (Golding 153).
One can really visualize the ripping and tearing of his skin. Neither Ralph nor Jack, the two major leaders, tried to stop this; this shows how they were both ineffective leaders and poor choices in doing so. Golding also shows an aggressive style especially when talking about Roger. In chapter 8, Roger is hunting and he kills a piglet, “One piglet, with a demented shriek, rushed into the sea trailing Roger’s spear behind it” (Golding 134).
Between the Chapters One and Four, Jack changes and developed quite extremely, and drastically. He goes from being a civilized choirboy, to a savage and bloodthirsty hunter. In this essay I will define the major points of change in Jack, and attempt to understand why this change occurred. In Chapter One, Jack is introduced as the leader of the choir, well more of a dictator than a leader, but in ...
One can infer that Roger decided to capture the piglet because it is slower and therefore and easier prey. Conversely, Roger only picked on the piglet simply because he would rather kill something smaller and way more vulnerable than he should. This shows that when one is an ineffective leader, they pick on tinier, defenseless things instead of ones their own size. Again, Roger has an antagonistic behavior, but this time, it is directed at Piggy. In chapter eleven, when Ralph and Piggy meet Jack and the other boys at Castle Rock, Piggy has the conch and is trying to speak, until out of nowhere, Roger pushes a boulder down the cliff and at Piggy, “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments, and ceased to exist. Piggy, saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveled through the air sideways from the rock, turning over as he went” (Golding 180).
Golding states that the conch shattered “into a thousand white fragments” which illustrates that the organization of the society is also shattered because the conch represented the society’s will power to stay together. Also, the fact that Piggy had no idea that the rock was soon going to kill him and he was defenseless to Roger’s wickedness, shows how when one is too destructive, they are therefore a hopeless leader.
After analyzing Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, it is clear that through the aggressive nature of his words, he suggests that mans natural state is savage and cruel, which is an ineffective way of leadership.