Essay on The Lord of the Flies

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The Lord of the Flies written by William Golding is a popular novel that deals with many themes. The theme I will talk about is how humans and human nature can easily be corrupted by surrounding influences and themselves. Simon is corrupted by the natural environment and the nature of people around him. In contrast, there is Jack who was only corrupted by his obsessions. Also, Ralph became morally corrupted after a combination of spending time with Jack’s group and being by himself. The Lord of the Flies shows that anyone can be corrupted by circumstance especially if left alone. Simon is corrupted by uncontrollable forces like nature and the actions of the people around him. In the beginning of The Lord of the Flies, Simon is the …show more content…
You like Ralph a lot, don’t you? And Piggy, and Jack?’ (157)
This marks Simon’s final shift into corruption. He starts to see things when they aren’t there and is starting to go crazy. Simon’s shift from a well-mannered boy to a crazed lunatic who imagines dialogue is clearly the result of the circumstances of survival taking a toll on him. In comparison to Simon’s kind and compassionate character, there is Jack who started with arrogant tendencies which evolved into savage and primal instincts. Jack’s aggressive tendencies are first showcased in Chapter 1 where Jack declares “I ought to be chief because I’m chapter chorister and head boy” (18). Jack’s arrogance is displayed here as he refuses to acknowledge anyone else as chief-candidate. When Jack fails to claim chief, he is given the job of chief hunter. His obsession with hunting soon begins to drive him to do nothing but hunt. In one case, this even trumps rescue: “[Jack and his hunters] let the fire out” (71). Jack’s concentration on hunting is now costing him and others rescue chances. After multiple conflicts with Ralph and his focus on rescue, Jack decides to form his own tribe and not listen to Ralph and Piggy’s rational thinking. Jack at this point focuses on the goals of “’get[ing] more biguns away from the conch… We’ll kill a pig and have a feast’” (146-147). At this point Jack does not care about the signal fire or rescue and puts all his energy into hunting

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