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Analysis Of Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Analysis of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is a sordid tale about a group of kids who are stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes. The story is set during the Atomic War and plenty of references are made to the fact. However, the real key to the story lies in the role of Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies. Beelzebub has a central role in the story as he represents the Beast, or evil, that dwells within all humans. The Beast cannot be hunted and since it dwells within all humans, humans are all guilty because mankind is sick. The destruction of mankind is a point that Golding makes apparent often in this novel. He establishes early on ...view middle of the document...

(Johnston, 126) Beelzebub was the cause for accelerating the destruction of the boys. He was not the outright cause. The Atomic War generated the novel; it was the sole reason that brought the boys to live on the island in the first place. It is in this sense that the boys only duplicated the adult society that had been crashing down around them while they were part of the civilized world. Golding uses the dead airman to continue the war on throughout the novel. With each new day the boys become more and more savage. One by one the boys lose sanity. Beelzebub is slowly entering the boys, and through the use of Jack as a minister of evil, delivering the boys to insanity and corruption. (Gindin, 160) Golding however does offer mankind hope through the character of Simon. Simon is the one character in the story that knew how to deal with Beelzebub. The day before Simon dies he learns that Beelzebub dwells within and cannot be hunted by humans. Simon finds that the evil Beelzebub represents is inside people and ineradicable. Simon is the only character in the novel to come to terms with the darkness and impending doom of the group’s situation. Simon looks darkness in the face and, with great courage, comes to terms with the ignoble nature of mankind. Beelzebub has blinded every other member of the group. Piggy, for instance, pins all blame on Jack. Piggy misses the point because Jack is only the minister for a greater evil. Jack is to blame only in the sense that he lives in all of us, that we are all guilty because mankind is sick. Still, Simon is the one exception to this general condemnation. Simon is the one spiritually sound person on the island. Simon is an epileptic and it is sickness that makes him a saint. Simon is not interested in leadership and prefers to keep to himself. Rather than involve himself in the promotion of the self, Simon concentrates on the nature of reality. He is one of the meek, of the poor in spirit, who are promised the kingdom of heaven, not the congratulations and rewards of earthly fortune. After the group removes Simon the decline in morality is greatly accelerated.

Golding does not immediately symbolize this acceleration though. He allows it to flow from a series of events instead. First, the “littluns” complain of seeing an imaginary beast; the fear that has manifested itself out of their own imaginations. Beelzebub finds an outlet through the dead airman. The hunters, who revert to the most primitive form of expiation, plant the head of a dead pig on a stick as a blood sacrifice to Beelzebub. Simon comes upon the head, and his confrontation with it is dramatically heralded by the disappearance of the butterflies. (Dick, 38) Simon has a vision in which the head speaks to him. During this vision the pig’s head tells Simon that Beelzebub cannot be hunted because it lives within all of humans. Simon is overwhelmed by the experience and faints. Simon comes out of the vision with a newfound knowledge and...

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