"Lord of the Flies" Expository Essay

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"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding, is a novel about some boys stranded on an island after their plane crashed during wartime. However, the novel symbolizes much more than that. It shows that when human nature is left to its own devices, it will destroy itself. Society's function is to keep control and order. When a group of boys are stranded on an island with no other civilization, their human nature is revealed. The more removed they become, the worse they get. Jack, in the novel, represents anarchy and savagery, and is a perfect example as to what Golding's main theme represents. The age old question of whether man is innately good is answered by Golding through his character Jack, whose dark side takes control of him when freed from the constraints of civilization.

Jack's innocence is prevalent in the beginning of the novel. Jack is a tall, redheaded boy, who becomes very malicious and animalistic as the story progresses.

At the start of the novel, Jack is a well-respected English boy, much like the others. At the beginning he strives to become chief, he is although well mannered and obedient. Jack's first attempt to kill the pig shows his true innocence. His inner evil had not come out. "They knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood."(Ch 2, pg 31) The killing of another living creature was too atrocious for Jack to bare at this point in his life.

At the beginning of the novel, the boys were still civilized because they had not been away from society for that long of a time. Jack realized there needed to be rules created to keep order. "I agree with Ralph.