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Lotf: Themes And Ideas Essay

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LotF: Themes and Ideas
Lord of the Files (LotF) written by William Golding is an allegorical (Conveys meaning via figures) novel that explores the idea of the human conflict between the savage instinct and civilization, and the loss of innocence (Romanticist?) through a variety of techniques, most importantly symbolism.
The main conflict can be most appropriately described as the battle between the will to abide by rules that are set to maintain order and control, and the instinctive human behaviour of satisfying short term desires, enforce one’s rule and wills over other beings, and to act violently due to pure interest. The stranded children rapidly abandon their behaviour enforced by ...view middle of the document...

Simon, the reasonable and natural being in the novel, appears from the forest to inform the group that the “Beast”, the superficial being that Jack uses to scare the group and gain power, is truly the violent and savage instinct inside all humans. The group including Ralph and Piggy however, mistake Simon for the “Beast” due to the dark and unstable weather, and “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leap onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.” The group’s bloodlust and savage instinct brews during the dance, and once they encountered an unexpected figure, the released their fury. The use of the “Claws” metaphor highlights the “Beast” that is inside the boys, released when there are no restrictions to stop them.
A second general idea conveyed by the novel is the loss of innocence. Loss of innocence as a literary theme exposes blind ideas, such as children and their realisation of the non-perfect world and its innate ruthlessness and cruelness, through means of experience mostly. In the novel, loss of innocence is not portrayed as the result of action performed by a specific object, character or environment, but is considered a natural process. Golding implies that civilization to an extent, only acts to delay the progress of the event, and that the freedom that the island provides for the children, releases the natural instincts and therefore causing the...

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