Analytical Essay On Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies Rough In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, three characters, known as Jack, Ralph, and Piggy are paired together on an island filled with unknown terrors and secrets. To survive, they must learn to work together despite their differences. In this exciting tale, three characters each with their own Freudian Division, Id, Ego, and Superego, are removed from society and placed on a desolate island where their human instinct and their reasoning clash. Jack, a red headed, freckled boy is the leader of a choir that finds himself on the island. His egomaniacal attitude and barbarism makes him the true Id in the novel Lord of the Flies. The id usually promotes destruction for the purpose of inhuman pleasure and instinctual…show more content…
Ralph is a boxer looking boy with blonde hair and a charismatic attitude. He acts as the middleman between Jack and Piggy. He doesn’t agree with Jack’s actions and often sides with piggy, however Ralph understands Jack’s motives but tries to suppress him in order to fulfil the superego incentives. In the beginning, Ralph sides with the reasonable man, Piggy like when they decide to make a fire. “"There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire." (Golding, 35) Ralph assumes the leader position on the island. His decision to make the fire symbolizes his siding with reason and reliability as the balance between the two. Once again Ralph symbolizes the ego when Simon is murdered in cold blood. "That was murder." (Golding 156) Ralph understands what has happened. However, unlike Jack, who acts on impulse, Ralph does not act on it. He contemplates and thinks about the topic with reason without taking action on Jack or Piggy. In the same scene, Piggy is shown to be cradling the conch. As the conch is a symbol of law and order, Ralph stands between law and order and the horrific slaughter of a human being which demonstrates him as the

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