Lord of The Flies Lrd f The Flies is ne f the best-knwn bks f the pst-war years. A grup f yung bys, the ldest f whm is twelve, and the yungest six, are marned n a desert island, and almst immediately a battle fr supremacy takes place amng the principal characters. Vilence and death fllw. The schlbys are in a plane, which has been sht dwn during what the reader assumes is a war set in the near future. Generically, therefre, Lrd f the Flies can be seen as a dystpian r anti- utpian nvel. During an atmic war, an aircraft carrying a grup f abut thirty pre-adlescent bys crashes n an inhabited cral island in the Pacific. The crew has been killed, and the bys are left n their wn.
They begin t cllect themselves int a sciety f fd gatherers under their elected chief, Ralph. A rutine f duties is arranged and, at first, the bys live peacefully. Sn, hwever, differences arise as t their pririties. The smaller children lse interest in their tasks, the lder bys want t spend mre time hunting than carrying ut mre rutine duties such as stking the fire and building shelters. A rumr spreads that a beast is lurking in the frest and the children have nightmares. Jack, prmising t fulfill the childrens desire fr a reversin t primitivism, is chsen as the new chief, and the tw sciety splits int tw sectins: thse wh hunt and wh becme savages, and thse wh believe in ratinal cnduct. Ralph gradually finds himself an utcast, and in the end the army f hunters tracks him dwn n rders frm Jack.
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Just as Ralph is abut t be killed by the savages, a naval fficer arrives with a rescue party. Certainly the nvel Lrd f the Flies is a pessimistic ne. Althugh the bys begin by electing a leader, Ralph, and call frequent meetings, using a cnch shell as a symbl f authrity, their attempts at re-creating civilizatin quickly funder. Jack Merridew, wh is in charge f the hunting, rapidly assumes dminance ver the bys, expliting their superstitins f fear f the beast, and he eventually leaves Ralphs grup, taking mst f the bys with him. When Simn, a visinary yuth, realizes that the beast is just a dead parachutist and attempts t cmmunicate this knwledge t the ther bys, Jacks tribe ritualistically murder him. Piggy, the first f numerus ratinalist figures, is murdered by Jacks lieutenant, Rger, while he pathetically hlds n t the cnch, still believing in civilizatin.
Ralph, nw cmpletely alne, is hunted like an animal by the ther bys, wh clearly intend t sacrifice him when they catch him. The frest is set n fire in rder t smke Ralph ut and, just as he is abut t be killed, and English ship sees the smke and sends a rescue party. Near the beginning f the nvel, the island is lked upn as a utpia by the reader, and the children. This is a place where there is peace and tranquillity, which is ften assciated with the sund f the cean waves, and the abundance f nature, surrunding them. The island is a place where at first there is n evil, and wrngding, away frm the war, and all the prblems in the city. Hwever, this island, during the prgressin f the nvel, begins t twist int a dystpia, where at first there was nly gd, and happiness, becmes a place f bld and death – ultimately a place f hrrr.
The nvel is usually read as Gldings cmmentary upn human evil, and almst certainly it wuld nt have been written had Belsen and Auschwitz never existed. Evil lies firmly utside the English schlbys in this bk and is made manifest by savage, black cannibals. In Lrd f the Flies Glding has ne f the bys say, After all, were nt savages. Were English; and the English are best at everything. But thrughut the nvel Glding verturns this ptimistic prtrait, which equates English with gd and freign with evil, and suggests that evil is mre likely t reside within humanity, including the English, and that external evil is a prtectin f an inner evil. Gldings characters are als used t prtray sharply differing pints f view n the nature f evil, and the means f placating this pwerful frce.
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Fr Piggy, there is n such thing as evil, it is just peple behaving irratinally. Fr Jack, evil resides utside humanity and must be placated by varius frms f sacrifice, and fr Simn, Evil expresses itself in the wrds f the Lrd f the Flies: evil is inside humanity. Glding infrms his readers immediately that the cntext f his characters lives is specifically Christian, I ught t be chief. said Jack with simple arrgance, because Im chapter christer and head by. The chir is a specifically religius institutin and yet it is Jack and his hunters wh became the mst cruel and vilent f all the bys n the island. In Lrd f the Flies, therefre, there is a divine manifestatin f the disturbing cnnectin between religin, vilence and bld sacrifice that Glding examines in clse detail. As the nvel prgresses, ne cnstantly encunters this cnnectin and must wnder if Jack and his chir becme hunters and sacrificers f ther human beings despite their bvius Christian rigins, r because f them.
That Lrd f the Flies des mve us frward is smething that few reader wuld deny. It is as fine an adventure stry as many published since the war, and yet Gldings ability t emply language which bth prvides narrative impetus and als evkes prfunder, mre thelgical, implicatins is demnstrated immediately: Taking their cue frm the inncent Jhnny, they sat dwn n the fallen palm tree and waited (Glding, 1954, p. 19).
The nvel is spare, deliberate in its intentins, and certainly Glding himself has little hesitatin in referring t it as a fable. The plane crash is nt nly a plausible device t islate the bys, but is als essential as a cmmentary n the wrld utside the island. The nvel is and examinatin f nt f distinctive nature f small bys, but f the essential nature f humanity itself, the heart f darkness.
The island becmes a micrcsm f the adult wrld, which is als destrying itself. The grim accunt f amendment and murder n the island, is re-enacted in the greater wrld cntinuusly, and this interactin between the tw wrlds is pwerfully dramatized in the character the dead parachutist. Bewildered and frightened, the children yearn fr a sign frm the adult wrld, but the sign that is sent is fraught with meaning, pssessing a symblic pwer, which persists thrughut the nvel. The dead parachutist himself is a scapegat, a victim f the war which rages as the adults madness increases n a scale minutely reflected by the bys n the island. In his essay Crabbed Yuth and Age, Glding refers t the millins f yung men wh were slaughtered during the First Wrld War and the pure and blameless, the eternally sacrificed. The dead parachutist is als invested with sme f this eternal quality, and yet in this nvel, the children are given the chance t externalize their apprehensin f evil. It is the parachutists rtting presence which allws the bys t ignre Simns suggestin, What I mean is…maybe its nly us.
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Upn their cming t the island the bys are all ready t wrk tgether and make laws and rules s that they remain civilized. They have taken the utpian pint f view where there are n adults t rule ver them, and this island is perhaps similar t a park, r playgrund, where children make the rules, and adults can nly watch frm the utside. Regardless, the island belngs t them, and that being their playgrund gives them each a sense f freedm, and the space t d as they please. It is nly when things start t lse rder that they seek help frm an adult, in asking themselves the questin what wuld an adult d nw? Jack and his hunters are the first t ask themselves this questin near the beginning f the bk, but near the end, it seems as if they have lst cmplete knwledge f everything but what happens n the island, and the island itself. Still, ne can argue that these children still d believe in the wisdm f adults, because f the fact that they chse the ldest, and the smartest bys as their leaders; Ralph wh was the ldest, he is the first ne t speak and intrduce himself t the thers, (althugh Piggy seems t be the mre intelligent ne f the tw, yet nt as utspken) and Jack, wh is als mature at age, and in additin the leader f the chir. This ty f vting was almst as pleasing as the cnch.
Jack started t prtest but the clamur changed frm the general wish fr a chief t an electin by acclaim f Ralph himself. Nne f the bys culd have fund gd reasn fr this; what intelligence had been shwn was traceable t Piggy while the mst bvius leader was Jack. But there was a stillness abut Ralph as he sat that marked him ut: there was his size, and his attractive appearance; and mst bscurely, yet mst pwerfully, there was the cnch. The being that had blwn that, had sat waiting fr them n the platfrm with the delicate thing balanced n his knees, was set apart. Him with the shell! (Glding, 1954, p. 24) Glding writes, Inside a fairy tale r ut f it, a severed head is a pwerful affair.
From the beginning of the novel “Lord of the Flies”, it is immediately obvious that Jack does not like the idea of Ralph being the chief of the boys.By the end of the book he successfully acquires the position he works towards. The idea of Jack being a leader is first portrayed by Jack ordering his choir in “army” type maneuvers to the first meeting . Jack bellows at his ...
This is dramatized in Lrd f the Flies when the hunters place the severed head f a pig in the clearing. T the hunters this ffering is ne f making amends – they have prjected evil utside themselves. Hwever, Simn realizes that the severed head is an permanent part f humanity. At last Simn gave up and lked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recgnitin. When Simn attempts t cmmunicate his knwledge that the parachutist is a pathetic victim f a larger war and that evil is internal, he is trn t pieces by Jacks tribe. Similarly, when Piggy tries t reasn with the bys he is killed.
There is cnstructin f a cmplex metaphrical system arund Piggy, the cnch shell, and his glasses being the mst imprtant. Fr Piggy, wh has intelligence, but n intuitive pwers, the cnch is rder, and he fails t realize that the cnch in itself is nthing, a literally hllw shell, unless the thers agree n its symblic pwers. When Jacks tribe steals his glasses t make fire and Piggy stands amng them, blind, fat, and trembling his wrds (almst his last) and genuinely tragic in their uncmprehending inncence, I tell yu, I gt the cnch! The characters seen in the nvel as hunters and killers are nly children, while at the end, the fficers patrnizing air alerts the reader t the fact that precisely the same hrrrs are being re-enacted in the adult wrld. Tears blind Ralph, his bitter understanding f the evil that resides within humanity. Als there is a darkly irnic cunterpart t the fficers helpful cmment, I knw. Jlly gd shw. Like The Cral Island. Here near the end f the nvel, the island has becme a dystpia, which is what the fficer des nt understand.
His cmparing f these childrens situatin t The Cral Island (which is a utpian nvel) is cmpletely irnic. Just as these bys tried t find inner peace and utpia n this island, which in appearance can be deceiving, the same is desired frm all individuals. The nly prblem lies here: there is n such place, because even when fund, this utpia begins t twist int a repulsive mirrr image; where there is nthing left there that culd remtely be cnsidered utpian. Bibliography Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Princeton University, 1954.
A leader is needed on the island. The people we have to choose from are Ralph, Piggy, Jack and Simon because of their certain leadership qualities. Ralph is a good leader as he takes care of everyone on the island. Piggy would make a good leader, as he is very practical and scientific. Jack would also make a good leader, as he is popular because of his survival skills. Simon would make a good ...
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