Essay on Lord of the Flies - Irony

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William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, used irony to tell his story of a group of young British boys stranded on a deserted island. The readers can clearly spot the irony in the dialogue and Ralph, one of the main character, is also aware of the irony in his situation. The irony in the novel forces the readers to step aside and think about the hidden meanings the author is trying to express.
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<br>The first example of irony occurred in chapter two. Jack says to the group of young, impressionable boys that "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages."(Golding 32)However, in the following chapters Jack is the leader of the tribe and encourages the boys to forget civilization and act upon their primitive
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He actually causes more problems. He is mistaken for the beast and causes more fear in the boys and drives them closer to becoming savages.
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<br>Piggy often says that they act like "a crowd of kids". He says to Ralph that "grownups know things. They ain't afraid of the dark. They'd meet and have tea and discuss. Then things ‘ud be all right". This is perhaps the best example of irony in the novel. It is because the adults could not get together and discuss their problems that they were stranded on the island in the first place. If they had been able to meet and discuss they boys would have never fleed their school and would have never been shot down, therefore avoiding ever being on the island.
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<br>William Golding used irony in Lord of the Flies as a way to make the readers step back and think about what he wrote. If he had not wrote the story with ironic twists and hidden meanings many people would miss the meaning of the book. The readers would be able to finish the novel without thinking about the issues that you are meant to ponder after reading Lord of the Flies, such as evil, spirituality, society, man versus the unknown, man versus himself and many other important themes in the

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