Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a group of young English schoolboys are stranded on a desert island cut off from society in the middle of a war. The boy's ages range from 6 to 12. Their natural capacity for evil emerges and guides their lives on the island. One way this is shown is through the conversation between Simon and the Lord of the Flies.

During Simon's conversation with the Lord of the Flies Simon is almost certainly hallucinating. The Lord of the Flies is gruesomely described by Golding when he says," a pig's head grinning faintly and covered in a black blob of flies." An excerpt from the conversation includes… "...I am the Beast... Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason it's no go? Why things are the way they are?" This proves that the evil is in reality embodied in the boys.

It represents the evil that lurks in the darkness Normally in humans; this inherent evil is restrained by society in the ways of schools and police. This evil is causing the boys society to decline.

As the boys continue to subsist on the island, they forget the rules they used to live by. This is apparent when Jack and the other savages make masks of clay. When they have the masks on, they give into their evil and natural urges. When Jack charges Bill, he hides behind the mask, and lets the evil out that used to be controlled by society. This clay mask allowed him to act as a savage. Also when the boys had the masks on they attacked the pigs savagely and made chants. They wouldn't have done...