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William Golding's Lord Of The Flies: Literary Analysis

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“Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” A quote by Jack’s tribe, clearly sums up how the boys have transitioned into savages. Adolescence can be viewed as a time of innocence and wonder, while others may see it as a time of tribulation and terror. This novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, proves how both of these stances can be true as one gains experiences in their life. In the beginning of the novel, the boys are excited about this new and exciting experience they have just involuntarily embarked on. With no adults around, the boys are free to do what they want with no one telling them otherwise. Their first few days on the island are spent building sand castles and eating fruit, not entirely realizing the…show more content…
No longer has he any remorse for killing animals, and hardly the slightest guilt for killing one of his own friends. In fact, hunting and murdering seems to get him on a sort of high that he now craves. He even leads a tribe of his own little savages that do whatever he says as though he rules over them like a dictator. As mentioned earlier, their chant, “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” has become a sort of evil and cruel game in which they enjoy pretending to murder living creatures for their own amusement. The sick and twisted mindset Jack possessed is not only limited to him. Roger began a rebellious little child. It was not a harmful rebellious, it was more like the typical little boy who wanted to test the limits. Within the first few days on the island, Roger was mentioned stomping on sandcastles and throwing stones at the boys but aiming to miss. He even felt a bit of guilt after his miniature raid of terror through sandcastle town. This action showed that even though he was free of adult rein, he was still influenced by his previous civilization, causing him to, ultimately, be innocent in the matter. He too was changed by the time spent on the…show more content…
These boys went from one extreme to another; from innocence to pure savagery. The meaning of the novel is to show how the lack of order and authority can affect people’s character in a deep way. The boy’s who survived will never be able to gain back the innocence they have lost. Looking back at it now, the plane’s “scar” foreshadows the affect the island had on the boys. The once pristine jungle is now forever scarred with the plane’s destruction. Much like the effect the time spent on the island will forever scar their mentalities the rest of their lives. They have lost an innocence they will never be able to
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