William Golding Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is an influential novel which reveals the darkness of mankind and evil inside of all humans. Lord of the Flies is set in the early 20th century, during a time when Europe is under attack and surrounded by war. For this reason, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is flown away from the chaos in hopes of bringing the boys to safety. Suddenly, the airliner is mistaken for a military aircraft and taken down. After all of the pandemonium the boys soon realize that they are the only survivors. Now stranded on an unknown island, the boys must govern themselves. Soon the burning desire for power overthrows their civilized approach or leadership as a deciding factor tears the boys apart. Golding effectively…show more content…
Initially, the boys believe in a beastie, but when Jack talks to the group he beings to shed light upon the real beast. According to the text, “[...] fear can't hurt you any more than a dream,” (Golding 79). Through this quote is is revealed through Jack's speech that the beast may just be in their imaginations. He tells the boys that they shouldn't be afraid of the beast because it can't hurt them, and the reason behind this is because the beast is inside of everyone. The symbol of the best is something the boys can actually find, whereas the thing inside their head they cannot ever escape. As the story progresses, the boys begin to cross the line of civil into savage and Simon begins to talk to The Lord of The Flies. During his conversation with the pig head it says, “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you,[...]” (Golding 143). This quote shows how, yes, the beast is an actual tangible item, but it also shows how within everyone there is savagery and evil. Throughout the story the boys begin to grow more savage and as this occurs they also begin to believe in the Lord of The Flies more and more. These examples connect to the theme of how difficult situations reveal the demons inside of everyone because as times on the island get more troublesome, the inner demons are further revealed. Conclusively, the symbol of the beast is used in order to reveal the theme of…show more content…
Towards the first half of the book Jack is painting his face, explaining to Roger the reason the paint would help him with hunting. As stated in the text, “He peered at his reflection and disliked it[...] Jack planned his new face. He made one cheek and one eye-socket white, then he rubbed red over the other half of his face and slashed a black bar of charcoal across from right ear to left jaw,” (Golding 63). This quote shows how the paint is used as a symbol to show the “mask” that the colors are creating. In this example the mask is literal and metaphoric; it is paint covering his face, but is also hiding what is really going on underneath the mask. This paint, however, makes Jack into a savage. After he covers his face he begins to become obsessed with killing a pig. Even the colors used to create this mask are symbolic; the white represents innocence, the black paint represents evil, and the red represents desire. Eventually, the boys in Jack's group go off and kill a pig, after the kill Jack gets wild with excitement and pleasure from his success. In the text it is stated that, “ [...] Jack grabbed Maurice and rubbed the stuff over his cheeks,” (Golding 135). This quote reveals that now the other boys are part of this savage behavior, the actions after this quote continue to justify this. Now that all the boys have crossed

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