Biblical Allusions: Golding´s Lord of the Flies

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In many classic novels, authors use biblical allusions to highlight a certain character or situation. By using biblical allusions, authors can help the reader better understand what it is that they want to convey through their literary work. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Golding utilizes symbolism of places and characters to allude to the Bible. Out of the many references, four significant biblical allusions – title of the novel, Simon, beast, and the island itself – emphasize Golding’s theme inherent sin and evil in mankind. The title, Lord of the Flies, refers to the pig’s head that was placed on a spear and worshiped by the young boys on the island. In other words, the boys have chosen to believe in a fake deity, much like…show more content…
For example, when the littluns follow Simon, “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, [and] passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands” (56).Simon is the core of good within the destruction arousing within the other boys on the island. As a Christ-like figure, Simon’s actions mirror the Bible’s telling of the works of Jesus. For instance, Simon always strives to bring about sanity to the young boys, who slowly fall to their “inherent evil,” theorized by Golding. Similarly, until his death, Jesus attempts to bring about righteousness and even his death, in itself, was meant to cleanse the people who have sinned against the Lord, so that they would be forgiven. In addition, Simon can also be tied to the prophets in The Bible, because it was the prophets’ job to tell the consequences of the people’s sin, and Simon did try to rally the boys to stop their madness. And on top of that, Moses is also reflected within Simon, as there is a parallel scene of climbing down the mountain to tell the others the truth. For Moses, it was the Ten Commandments and to bring justice, and for Simon, it was the truth behind the “beast” and social rest: “Simon was crying out something about a dead man on a hill” (152). Even without knowing The Bible, the allusion would be effective as it is apparent that Simon is the “Good Samaritan” character, through his
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