Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies

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Did your parents ever tell you about the first time that you disobeyed them? Mine have. I was next to a hot wood stove at my grandparent’s house, and my parents told me not to touch it because it was hot. But, of course, I just had to touch it now that I was told not to. I wasn’t egged on by my sister or my cousins; I touched that stove of my own accord. And of course, it all went down from there. My inward desire to be stubborn and selfish was expressed though disobeying my parents- In the end, I got burned. Similarly, in Sir William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, biblical allusions are used to give additional meaning and depth to the book and to show the ways in which humans transfer their inner evil into outward behavior. Evil doesn’t …show more content…
But this fall from the sky symbolically represents their fall from the state of innocence. The end of innocence in the novel takes place just after the first chapter. Startlingly quickly, the boys feel comfortable in the jungle hunting down wild pigs. After Jack fails to kill the piglet at first, he states that “next time there would be no mercy.” This almost immediate regression to violence and revenge proves that humans transfer their inner evil into outward behavior. The symbol of salvation is represented by the conch on the island. It also stands for power, as the boys decide to “let [Ralph] be chief with the trumpet-thing.” Whoever is holding the conch has the power to be the only boy allowed to speak, which is similar to the power of a church bell ringing to bring people together for a service or an extremely important announcement. Later in the novel, salvation is associated with fire, as “life became a race with the fire. … To keep a clean flag of flame flying on the mountain was the immediate end and no one looked further.” Keeping the fire burning symbolizes the boy’s humanity, so that when it is extinguished it can no longer be contained and the evil emerges from within the boys. Fire is associated with hope, warmth and friendship but it is the cause of conflict, destruction and death in the novel. By the end of the second chapter, fire has already taken its first victim – the little boy with the mulberry mark on his skin- who disappears during the
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