Lordof the Flies
Literaryworks have always been considered as some of the most fundamentalelements of the society. Not only do they entertain individuals butthey also send a particular message both about and to the societymembers with the aim of eliminating the negative aspects and creatinga better place. It may be acknowledged that a large number ofliterary works have distinct themes such as romance, love, betrayal,wealth, or gender degradation and racism. However, it may also benoted that all literary works always incorporate a particularconflict around which the story line is structured. This is the casefor “Lordof the Flies”.
Writtenby William Golding in 1954, the dystopian novel revolves around agroup of extremely ordinary small boys that are marooned on a coralisland. Initially, it seems as if the boys are going to be havingimmense fun. Before long, the fun becomes furious and their existenceor life on the island becomes a nightmare characterized by death andpanic. The ordinary standards of behavior are done away with as theworld that the boys are familiar with collapses with them, revealinganother world beneath, which is terrible and primitive (Gray 34). Atthe allegorical level, the central theme revolves around conflictingor different human impulses towards civilization, as well as will topower.
Variousconflicts emerge from the novel. First, there is the conflict betweengood and evil. This is represented by Simon, Piggy and Ralphalongside their group of followers who are representative of the“good” as they are civilized. It is noted that Ralph’s groupare builders who strive to erect huts and keep the signal fireburning. As the leader, Ralph has come up with some rules that wouldassist them in surviving and getting along (Gray 54). Piggy’sglasses come in handy in assisting the boys to light the fire thatthey use for warmth and in cooking food for the boys. Of particularnote is the fact that the fire is not only a signal to the passingplanes and ships but is also a reflection of civility. On the otherhand, Jack and his followers are representative of evil. As much asthey are hunters, they do not simply hunt for food rather they turnhunting into a sport of savagery. Eventually, the game gets out oftheir control and result in the death of Simon. It may beacknowledged that Jack is seeking to control Ralph’s group, a featthat he achieves through promises and intimidation (Cain56). Eventually, Jack’s group uses the fire not for the goodpurpose for which it was intended but to cause destruction. Thismeans that the fire has ceased to be a signal of civilization but arepresentation of savagery.
Itmay be acknowledged that in a number of instances, Jack’s groupwins or seems to trample over Ralph’s group. This is accomplishedby varied unbecoming acts such as stealing Piggy’s glasses so as tolight fire with them, killing Piggy when he seeks to have them back,and chasing Ralph with spears. However, it may be acknowledged thateventually, Ralph manages to get away from the danger through skilland wisdom, as demonstrated by his decision to run in circles orfinding a naval officer who makes Jack’s group stop chasing him(Golding78). Eventually, they manage to get out of the island by befriendinga naval officer who rescues them with his ship.
Cain,WilliamE. AmericanLiterature.New York: Penguin Academics, 2004. Print.
Golding,William. Lordof the Flies: A Novel.New York: Paragon Books, 1954. Print.
Gray,Richard. ABrief History of American Literature.Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Print.