Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Michael Lionel Hanna Date of Birth: October 6th, 1997English Literature Essay Marked By: Mrs. Xavrine NurseTopic: In William Golding's Novel, "Lord of the Flies", which do you think is more powerful, the forces of good or Evil? Discuss with reference to the text.In "The Lord of the Flies", William Golding created an illustrative society which was doomed for disaster. The story began with a group of British boys stranded on an island away from society. Eventually after being away from the "Adult world" for some time they begin to transform into vicious individuals. However, not all of the children on the island had the same savage attributes as some of the others. This created a stark ...view middle of the document...

By destroying the shell, darkness and savagery began to envelop the island destroying almost all of the peace and unity remaining on the island.In contrast to the conch is Jack's knife. The knife symbolizes Jack's brutality and thirst for power. When Piggy asks, "Which is better-to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill," Jack shows that, to him, laws are unnecessary, and that hunting and killing is better, even essential. Throughout the novel, Jack tries to gain power, and in his attempts he causes many problems. However, once he gains power, he uses every technique he knows to hold on to it. The main threat to his power is Ralph. Even after Ralph is left all alone with no followers, Jack insists on gathering his tribe of "savages" and hunting him. He has every intention of killing Ralph. Even when they first met at the start of the story, Jack and Ralph had clashed for power. Throughout the story, because of their differing ideas and philosophies, they clashed for power. This clashing represents the struggle for power between leaders in the world today for goodness and evil.Another evil force on the island is the Lord of the Flies himself, symbolizing the evil of humans that comes from inside. The Lord of the Flies is actually a pig's head on a sharpened stick. It was meant as an offering to appease the "beast" on the island. When Simon is walking in the forest, he comes upon the Lord of the Flies and has a conversation with him. The head tells Simon that there is, in fact, no beast on the island. The evil that has been going on is actually coming from the boys themselves, from inside them. He tells Simon that the beast is actually the hate, greed, jealousy, and lust for power inside them, and if they do not let go of these horrible traits, they will be divided, making it much harder to be rescued. And even if they are rescued, these traits will stay with them, magnified from their time spent on the island, and they will take these traits into the "civilized" world. Simon runs away from the Lord of the Flies, and runs into Jack and his band of hunters. Because Jack and his group symbolize the evil that the Lord of the Flies was talking about, they kill Simon. There is an association between the objects and the characters themselves, and this shows that evil exists and will sometimes attempt to triumph over good.The way the...

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