Artificial Restraints in Lord of the Flies

Artificial

Restraints in Lord of the Flies

"GOLDING PUTS SO MANY ARTIFICIAL RESTRAINTS

ON HIS STORY IN ORDER TO EMPHASISE HIS POINT, THAT THE WHOLE THING COMES

OUT TOO NEATLY AND, IN FACT, REDUCES THE POWER OF HIS MESSAGE."

I think that, while the boys experience
immense bad luck due to the author, the story still proves its point. It
is still possible though, that the bad luck of the boys could have been
experienced in real life. I think that without this bad luck, the point
of the story wouldn\'t be as great, because without the restraint\'s Golding
placed on the boys, life on the island would have been too easy for the
boys.

The major constraint that Golding puts
on the boys is the personality clash between Jack and Ralph. From the beginning,
when Ralph is elected leader, Jack hates Ralph, and towards the end of
the book, the feeling becomes mutual. Without Jack and Ralph\'s problems,
life would have been easy, and the \'darkness of man\'s heart\' would not
have been conveyed to the reader. Jack shows \'the darkness\' and if he and

Ralph had just been friends, there would never have been an opportunity
for Jack to show this darkness which lurked beneath the surface.

Golding also uses the dead pilot conveniently
against the boys - the way in which he is caught in the trees just in the
right position to be caught by the wind and look like the beast and the
way the wind picks up after Simon has let him down from the trees and carries
him out to sea, so that the other boys cannot see that it wasn\'t a beast.

The author uses the boy\'s fear against them, and although this could possibly
happen in the situation, Golding uses it as a weapon against them, their
morale and their companionship. I think that the boys split up and go to

Jack because of the fear - he can kill the beast, he can get them meat,
and if they ever get upset, he can start a dance and all will be fine.

The whole message of the story is about
the \'darkness of man\'s heart\', which exists in everyone. To emphasise this
side of human nature, the author had to make a situation where it was possible
to display these characteristics. It would have been impossible for Golding
to get his point across without these constraints, and even if it is thought
that the story comes out too neatly, I think that the story was written
to make a point, and Golding has achieved that.