William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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"Maybe the beast is us" (Golding 85), in the novel, Lord of the Flies, by author William Golding, Golding uses the entire book as social commentary. The social aspect he focuses on is man’s ability to be evil and destructive. William Golding uses three specific literary devices to convey this idea; characterization, diction and symbolism. Lord of the Flies explains man 's capacity for evil which is revealed in his inherent human nature, which he cannot control or ignore. The hidden evil within every man is the most obvious theme of the novel, and it’s most controversial and talked about. To show this idea, Lord of the Flies discusses the lives of a group of adolescent school boys who have been stranded on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. As these boys struggle to live and survive they are faced with the challenge of sustaining human life by feeding and protecting themselves from outside harm, and protecting themselves from each other, as well as trying to figure out how to be rescued. Throughout the novel they must learn how to maintain a civilized settlement as well as maintaining their own sanity; however it becomes clear very soon that most of the boys are capable of destruction and pure evil in response to their extreme circumstances and environment. Golding 's usage of characterization clearly depicts his notion that all men have the capacity and ability for evil due to their human nature. Golding uses the two main male characters of Jack and Ralph as the

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