In the lord of the flies, Golding wanted to show his readers that there is no such thing as
innocence, even in the young. Clearly in the text, the first evidence of conflict between Ralph and Jack
manifested itself in the argument they had who was going to keep the fire burning. Respecting order
and pursuing survival desires rather than pleasure was rejected by Jack. Humans follow their instincts
when they have no technology or the pleasures of today to help them establish their survival pattern.
The lord of the flies (the pig's head on a stick) was the symbol of everyone's subconscious fear of the
In the text innocence, as we know it, was violated through the first major conflict over survival.
Ralph wanted to keep the fire going to hope for rescue while Jack pursued his carnal desires to go out
hunting whether for survival or pleasure not known.
If innocence does exist, then one of them would
have sacrificed his personal emotional desires for the other, but because instincts supersede innocence,
Simon represented the subconscious truth that lied hidden disguised in the depth of every human
emotion. The theme conveys that an evil essence lurks in every man that can be brought out given
certain circumstances. Simon, whose character was depicted as being different from the other boys,
was able to recognise, confront and ultimately get destroyed by the evil in man's heart. Simon was able
to recognise that the evil on the island was in the hearts of the boys. When Sam n Eric conjured up an
evil image of the beast on the hill, Simon identified the evil and he imagined a different form, the true
image. "However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of...