Lord Of The Flies Critical Analysis

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“Lord of the Flies” is an outstanding, unique, and captivating novel written by the memorable William Golding. The novel is well written and eye-opening despite being relatively short and easily understandable. Golding provides a new perspective on the true nature within every person that will shock readers and leave them wondering the truth. The descriptive and gloomy diction within “Lord of the Flies” keeps readers intrigued and never bored.

William Golding writes with an eerie and dark tone that adds suspense to the novel. His word choice reflects the haunting mood of the story and his tone. For example, during a vicious pig hunt Golding writes:

The afternoon wore on, hazy and dreadful with damp heat; the sow staggered her way ahead
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Roger is a bloodthirsty and violent boy that is one of the first to become savage like another character, Jack. However, even Roger can’t completely dismiss his old civil way of life. While Roger was watching the littluns play on the beach, he began throwing rocks at one of the small boys that wandered off alone. However, he never threw a rock within six feet of the boy, Golding writes, “Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.” This quote is memorable because it puts into perspective how much our society really shapes our lives. Many of our customs and behavioral traits are derived from the society we live in and our evil instincts are suppressed. It makes one wonder how different we’d be if we grew up in a different society with different rules.

Even though good instincts and habits are not completely forgotten among the boys, bad instincts still appear. A longing for power is an example of the evil that reveals itself on the island. This characteristic is found primarily in Jack, an antagonist in the novel. However, this quality is also present in many other boys, even the innocent littluns. For instance, in the novel young Henry begins to play by himself and he starts trapping small sea creatures in runnels on the beach. Golding writes, “He became

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