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Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding was novel about a group of English schoolboys who got stranded on an island with no adults, fending for themselves. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, they had to start building a little community by electing a leader, making shelters, and finding food. Ralph was the leader of the kids since he was the oldest and strongest. Each boy represented something different whether it was wisdom, reason or truth. Golding wanted to portray that all human beings are savage by nature, and are moved by urges toward brutality and dominance over others.
Goldings character developement of Jack addresses the idea of human beings are savages by nature. At the ...view middle of the document...

Most of the boys think that there is a horrible beast on the island that hasn't been seen and they think that it lives in the ocean during the day and comes out at night. Simon, symbolizing truth, is the only one that doesn't believe the beast is real and explains that “What [he] means is . . . maybe it’s only [themselves] . . .” (Golding 89). He thinks that the beast is just a figure made up in their minds which makes them question the beasts actual existence. Siman, even second guessing his own beliefs, finds out when meeting Lord of the Flies that the beast is really inside of them all, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close…” (Golding 143).
Golding also shows the slow movement into savagery by having their group chant be “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in…” (Golding 75). Indirectly this portrays the savagery that has developed in the group living by no rules, but had been attempted to be established. “he could see a striped savage moving hastily out of the green tangle and coming toward the...

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