Lord Of The Flies Critical Analysis

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Thought-provoking books have underlying themes that may remain with the reader. William Golding’s Lord of The Flies is a perfect example of this. This novel tells the story of a group of British schoolboys that become stranded on a deserted island. The boys are unharmed but soon realize that they are without any adult supervision and will have to rely on themselves and each other for survival. The boys react in different ways, causing anarchy to break loose. Golding’s most significant message is that during stressful situations, man’s need for civilization becomes greater and, without it, chaos erupts.
Man’s need for civilization is perfectly demonstrated in Jack at various points in the book. One example in particular is when Jack paints his face to disguise himself from the pigs. Jack was obsessed with the idea of hunting and killing his own food, so he spends a large amount of time hunting pigs over the course of the novel. When Jack was first presented with the opportunity to kill a pig, he was unable to do it due to his sense of civilization and humanity. He vows that the next time he sees one, he will finally kill it. This causes Jack to paint his face to hide himself from a pig (Golding 62-63). Jack painting his face shows the depths that he would do in order to kill a pig. And with the killing of a pig, it would show that the rest of Jack’s humanity is lost and chaos would erupt. With the chaos that comes would result in the deterioration of civilization and order.

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