Hunt Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Robert Zend, a poet, fiction-writer and multimedia artist once said, “There are too many people and too few human beings.” In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, readers are given a reflection of today’s society through implication and symbolism. This novel follows a group of English boys having crash landed on an uncharted island with no connection to the outside world. It explores the boys’ journey to maintaining a well-functioning society, which ultimately falls apart due to the struggle for power between two opposing views. Golding simulates society through these young boys based on their instincts and true nature. There are over seven billion people on this planet and out of all of them, very few are truly good. Therefore, the significant…show more content…
Ralph’s control over the group begins to lessen when the idea of the “beast” is introduced into the book. Since Jack and his choir have evolved into bloodthirsty hunters, the group turns to them for defence and protection against this potential threat, showing readers that people in the world today will make irrational and misguided decisions out of fear. “Frightened?” Jack asks Ralph in a rather challenging manor (p.109). Ralph responds by saying, “Course I’m frightened. Who wouldn’t be?” forcing him to give in with everyone watching for the sake of maintaining his status amongst the boys. In the real world, a leader must be courageous and willing to stand in the face of danger to protect his own because if he or she does not, the result will be chaos. Furthermore, people need a brave role model to look to as a beacon for hope at all times. After the boys manage to brutally kill a boar, they play a game to re-enact the hunt with one of their own, Robert, acting as the prey, providing evidence of their human instinct towards savagery. Even Ralph is unable to avoid the excitement of the hunt and gets caught up in the other boys’ bloodlust. “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in! Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh”
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