Internal Conflict In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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An internal conflict is defined as a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses. The struggle can be about the simplest of things, or it could even be about a more extensive and vexatious complication. In the book, the Lord of the Flies, author William Golding, wrote about a strange, but unique character named Simon. This character went through many tough experiences and conflicts between other characters, nature, and even himself. This is occured in Simon because man, is indeed, inherently evil and malicious. How the author structured this book was significant in a way that it strongly showed how Simon was behaving and acting. Golding used numerous examples of symbolism and sophisticated word choice to show that Simon’s internal struggle was about either becoming evil or staying peaceful. The internal struggle within Simon was portrayed through Golding’s substantial use of symbolism. In chapter eight, the author wrote about butterflies around Simon’s spot and how they show an important characteristic of the island which the boys were stranded on. He wrote, “Even the butterflies deserted the open space where the obscene thing grinned and dripped” (Golding, 141). The butterflies around Simon’s relaxation area symbolize peace and tranquility. Once, these butterflies left, his spot was now filled with a sense of darkness and evil. This is showing his struggle because now something positive around his only place of happiness is gone. Golding was trying to show,

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