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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a tale of several English boys who are deserted on an island after a plane wreck. The boys are left alone to take care of themselves. They are cut off from civilization instantaneously and are forced to bring themselves up in a proper manner. What seems at first an idealistic situation to the boys, slowly changes into a horror. They choose a group leader whom they eventually overcome and begin to turn into bloodthirsty demons that turn against each other. It is a story of inner hatred and despair.
As mentioned earlier, the boys choose a leader to guide them as they stay on the tropical island. They all eventually agree on a boy named Ralph. Ralph sees this island as an exciting adventure. He almost thinks of it as a game. He immediately assembles a small group of boys, including him, to explore the island for other signs of life. He also creates a set of rules for the boys. This shows power and initiative. Ralph explains certain things to the boys such as a fire should be kept constantly so that they may be spotted by a passing ship and in result be rescued. Ralph at this point shows the signs of a logical and sensible boy.
As they story continues, a tension begins to grow between Ralph and some of the other boys, especially a boy named Jack who yearns to be leader. Some of the boys start to defy Ralph. Ralph also finds himself constantly arguing with Jack. Ralph becomes frustrated with the boys and scolds them for there're actions and there're not obeying the rules. He berates them for their laziness and explains how important rules are and why. At the same time Ralph attempts to console the younger boys who claim to see visions in the night. Ralph takes on many responsibilities as time continues on. This part of the story strongly displays Ralph's maturation coming into effect.
Ralph begins to show clear signs of frustration and hopelessness as the story continues on. He is caught staring out at the ocean hoping for a rescue, but is then reassured by another boy. Ralph watches as the boys turn into savages, killing wild animals and receiving a sadistic high from the act. A "beast" spreads among the boys and they become uncontrollable. Ralph is eventually voted out of being leader and Jack takes control. The boys separate into two tribes and Jack's tribe turns against Ralph. The tribe sets out to find and murder Ralph. Ralph cunningly avoids the demonic boys and is saved by a naval officer who has stumbled across the island of boys.
Ralph is seen bursting into tears at the end of the story. Confused and frustrated by what the boys have become. The beasts that were within the boys had emerged. Ralph matured in such a quick way that was unbearable to him. He started of as such an innocent boy and by the end of the story an uncivilized beast. This story has the hidden theme, "The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature" (Epstein 204). We are simply taught to train a beast that we all have within ourselves and control that beast. These English boys were not fortunate enough to learn to train their inner beasts.
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Fiction, Literature, English-language films, Film, Allegory, Lord of the Flies, The Boys, Ralph
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