Flaws in nature

Essay by jessieloverHigh School, 10th gradeA-, March 2004

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In Lord of the Flies I believe that William Golding is trying to prove that the flaws in human society are due to the flaws in human nature. Human society and human nature are both overflowing with Cruelty murder and corruption. Though some when they read the book Lord of the flies they see that even children are evil. There is much representation in this story. There is much symbolism in this book. The characters in the book represent aspects of human culture for example: Piggy (and Glasses) stand for Clear-sightedness, intelligence. Their state represents the status of social order. Ralph, The Conch stand for democracy and order, Simon Pure Goodness, "Christ Figure", Roger who is the evil and/or Satan, Jack the savagery, anarchy, The island a microcosm representing the world, the beast the evil residing within everyone, the dark side of human nature. There are many themes in this story such as The fear of the unknown can be a powerful force, which can turn you to either insight or hysteria, morals come directly from our surroundings, and if there is no civilization around us, we will lose these values, and finally You can only cover up inner savagery so long before it breaks out, given the right situation.

In the first few chapters we see that the children are starting off trying to organize themselves. In chapter two we hear about how one of the little boys saw that there was a "snake beastie" in the darkness. When he brought this up at the meeting everyone except Simon is scared. Everyone thinks that there is a horrible creature out in the forest that will kill them all. If they had sat and thought about it like smile had they would realize that the beast was just the fear...