William Golding's "Lord of the Flies".

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The Ironic Battles

Throughout William Golding's Lord of the Flies, irony is reflected among many topics

and between various characters. William Golding forces one to question and analyze the ironic

act amongst the boys, the activities occurring on the island and the society that the boys are living


In Lord of the Flies, Golding depicted irony throughout the story with the boys on the

island to serve as a reality check for the reader, showing that things never go as plans whether it

is real life situations or in a fantasy world. One case of this is shown at the start of the book as

Ralph and Jack tries to create a better place to live on. While Jack focuses on the foundation of

their civilization, he pronounces that "We got to have rules and obey them". (Golding 32)

Perhaps like any typical leader, the making of rules is an essential for survival.

Jack and the boys

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did not secure those rules intact and as the story progresses, tensions rose and tempers flared up

from the rebelliousness of the boys and from laws being disobeyed. By the end of the story, Jack

was leading in a new direction that showed him as a renegade and one that is careless for rules

and obeying. These actions presented an ironic turn that changes the story dramatically. Jack

decided to establish rules to better the living habits, but in turn, he made the island chaotic by his


Activities that were created on the island reflected a small portion of the irony in Lord of

the Flies. The dead parachutist, a casualty of war, served to show a meaning of confusion in the

book. After the start of the downfall on the island, characters such as Ralph prays to...