Lord of the Flies Essay Topics
Topic 1. Socio-political allegory
* Thesis: William Golding uses socio-political allegory in the Lord of the Flies to establish a microcosm reflecting the idea that governments are not fundamentally bad, but if they are maintained poorly, it can lead to the downfall of its people. As it did within the story when the island’s initial democratic government the children establish revolutionizes to dictatorship which inadvertently leads to the deterioration of civilisation and descent to savagery * Body 1: Causes for why democracy government is initially ill advised (Leader is voted in not due to his ability to perform the job) * Body 2: Effects of government turning into dictatorship and the deterioration of civilisation (Kids live in fear, become irrational, turn into savages) Topic 2. Religious allegory
* Thesis: William Golding uses religious allegory in the Lord of the Flies to further communicate the concept of good triumphs over evil, as the triumph of good is depicted by Simon who represents Jesus and salvation and his eventual acts which overcome the evil represented by human nature and ultimately leads to the salvation and rescue of the other boys. * Example: Jack vs Ralph, Dictatorship vs Democracy, Jesus vs the Devil * Body 1: Simon/Jesus and Lord of the Flies/Devil (Good triumphs because both have risen and refused temptation) * Body 2: Salvation (Even though it may have seemed dark, the people were saved in the end. Ralph and the savages were saved before evil could win Topic 3. Moral/personal allegory
* Thesis: William Golding uses personal allegory to portray the internal struggle of the mind represented by Piggy, soul represented by Simon and body represented by Jack to obtain control over the human represented by Ralph. This directly relates the conflict in the story, as human nature emerges as the body represented by Jack overcome the spirit and mind represented by Simon and Piggy, allowing for savagery to * Mind (i.e. Piggy and how he attempts to keep Ralph focused on the goal of being rescued, but is later killed by body) * Soul (i.e. Simon is associated with the mind in that it wants the best for Ralph but also it maintains morality in Ralph, but is sacrificed by body) * Body (i.e. Jack represents desire and attempts to persuade Ralph to succumb to his inner desires such as hunger) Topic 4. The loss of innocence
* Thesis: In the Lord of the Flies William Golding introduces the idea that innocence is a feature in humans which is present during childhood as all the boys initially possess on the island, but slowly corrodes and is eventually lost as experience is built through the reality of violent events which occur through the progression of the story and their prolonged stay on the isolated island. * Body 1: Initially when they come to the island they are inexperienced and possess innocence. They believe that they will have lots of fun on the island (Ralph thinking the Queen will save them. Naive. But the introduction of the Beast by the mulberry littlun adds fear) * Body 2: Ralph’s realization that without law and order people are evil or can commit vile acts such as Jack beating up Piggy, initially Ralph believes that there was no reason for them to do this as they only needed to ask for the fire. * Body 3: Ralph is initially unaware of the cannibalistic intent of the group of boys shown by the stick sharpened at both ends. The complete loss of innocence as Ralph realizes the murderous intent inside all people is caused by the manifestation of the beast inside of them. Topic 5. The transition from civilisation to savagery
* Thesis: In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a transition from civilisation to savagery occurs as law and order is corrupted by Jack when he obtains power which removes the only restrainment on the true nature of human beings allowing for the evil in...
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