William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies" Analytical Essay by ACG

William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies"
This paper discusses William Golding's use of symbolism in "The Lord of the Flies" to portray his idea of the innate evil within humans.
# 63096 | 5,065 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 22, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that one of the first symbols which Golding uses is the main setting, the island, which represents the isolation of the children, where the evil of the outside world can not influence them to become evil; the environment, being so beautiful and pure, does not affect the boys and does not cause them to become evil. The author points out that another setting, which contributes to the idea that evil is inborn within man is the "scar" where the plane crashed; the scar is the only physical reminder the boys have of the outside "civilized" world and shows how a beautiful, pure area is corrupted by man and the evil within him. The paper relates that Golding also uses the characters and specific items and events associated with them as symbols to express the idea that evil is inborn within the children.

From the Paper:

"The last setting that conveys the idea of evil being innate within the children is the jungle. The jungle represents evil being hidden within. "Soon the high jungle closed in. Tall trunks bore unexpected pale flowers all the way up to the dark canopy [...] The air here was dark too" (50). The jungle is frequently described as a dark place, often containing something frightening, whether it be the "snake-thing" or the beast. The dark jungle is located in the heart of the island. This represents a "heart of darkness"; evil inside the children along with inside the island. Deep within the jungle is where the pigs are hunted and killed. These entities show evil existing on the inside of something, in this case, the jungle. The malevolent creatures hiding within the jungle allude to evil also hiding inside of the children."

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