The Theme of Lord of the Flies Essay

2118 Words 9 Pages
The theme of Lord of the Flies has been questioned and speculated about for decades. To answer the critics, Golding said that the theme was to trace the problems of society back to the sinful nature of man.

The theme of Lord of the Flies has been questioned and speculated about for decades. To answer the critics, Golding said that the theme was to trace the problems of society back to the sinful nature of man.
He wrote the book to show how political systems cannot govern society effectively without first taking into consideration the defects of human nature.

The defects of human nature are exemplified in Golding's novel through the characters of Jack and his hunters. Here, Golding shows that men are inherently evil; if
…show more content…
Piggy demands adherence to the rules of his auntie while Jack subscribes to the philosophy, "If it's fun, do it." Ralph empathizes with parts of both sides; that is why he walks the tight rope. Eventually he seems to side with Piggy, but actually Ralph never changes his philosophy- it is Jack and the rest of the boys who become more extreme in theirs
(hunting humans, forming their own tribe, etc.). In this way Ralph portrays the role of government in any modern society. While he wants to satisfy the wishes of the public, he must also realize that certain rules of behavior must be followed in order to prevent anarchy.

Unfortunately anarchy defeats order. This is the outcome because
Golding believed that government is an ineffective way to keep people together. No matter how logical or reasonable, government will eventually have to give in to the anarchical demands of the public.

For alternate themes, see the character sections-- especially the
Simon profile.

Character Profiles Jack: Jack is described by Golding as "tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger."

Jack is the leading advocate of anarchy on the island. Jack
Open Document