The breakdown of charactors and main themes of the book "Lord of the Flies" and how they symbolize society.

Essay by canadian_bananaHigh School, 11th gradeA-, December 2003

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The island:

I got the impression that the island was comparable to one's most delightful dream. It's a beautiful and peaceful haven, full of serenity and life, which is coincidentally also uninhabited by humans. As soon as the airplane full of children crashes, the island is mentioned as having a scar. Since this book made referrals to the second World War, I believe that Golding was making an allusion to the atomic bombs and the scar that it had made to the islands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The people of Japan eventually live on with their lives and recover from the tragedy, however the bombings were so destructive that it will always be remembered as a sort of distinguishing mark. This scar might symbolize the nature of humans and our tendency to destroy ourselves but eventually recover.

Golding uses the island to represent the world and the children as society.

He uses this technique to set up his own miniature world where every character represents an important figure in society, for example Piggy the outcast and Ralph the political leader.


I believe that Golding uses children because they are thought of as innocent and pure. He uses these children, that are no older then the age of twelve, to show that it is our human nature to harm others and ourselves.


He is first introduced as the leader of the choir. He has leadership qualities that appear right from the beginning of the book, and because he didn't get to become the leader of children, there is a competitive attitude between him and Ralph. When Ralph is elected leader, he first suggests assigning jobs. Jack quickly volunteers himself and his choir as hunters. As the novel progresses, we watch Jack's obsession with killing grow. In the first...