Lord of The Flies Essay Questions

Lord of

The Flies Essay Questions

Essay Question Two

Lord of the Flies opens with the introduction
of a small group of English boys that are marooned on an island. The plane
was evacuating them from atomic war-ridden England. This is a suiting time
for this novel to be written- it shows how savage even little boys can
be, and that adults are no different, with their wars and cruelties. A
small society is set up, but Jack starts his own rule, contrary to Ralph's
leadership. The boys turn on each other, eventually killing Simon in the
middle of a hunting dance, and smashing a boulder on Piggy. The choice
of "young English lads" is perfect- if, perhaps, "foreign ruffians" were
chosen, a stereotypical person might expect cruel and savage behavior.

On the contrary, these boys were the "cream of the crop", and all it took
was a little trouble on an island to turn them into killing machines. The
time is one that the world is turning on each other, and the boys follow
suit and turn on each other. Their society is an ironic model of the real
world around them. Many countries today are turning on each other, with
violent wars and cruelties. Lord of the Flies shows one that mankind must
choose to stop cruelty or face destruction. Many people do not believe
in violence or cruelty, unless they are in power. When humans strive for
power, they get so power hungry that the power backfires. When one is in
total control power, one often turns into a more savage person than that
same person that is under a rule or with the absence of a ruler does. Humans
were not meant to be ruled or to rule. To coexist is mankind's purpose,
yet with no rule, there is often an absence of order, but with a human
rule, there is always conflict in society. Society today has order, but
violence is also prevalent.

Near the end of the novel, many of the
boys start a fire to smoke out Ralph, and that same fire gets bigger and
bigger and eventually is what a ship sees and saves Ralph's life and rescues
the boys. What at first was made to bring the death of Ralph later saved
him. In human society, and even in the animal kingdom, violent acts may
turn into a salvation. Many animals must kill one another to eat. During
wars, the United States is brought together and the economy booms. At what
first appears to be a bad factor for the United States, later becomes a
good thing, in different ways. It is ironic that a bad deed can turn into
a good deed. This kind of ironic situation can also be applied to reverse
psychology. If one tells another he or she if bad, often he or she will
respond saying that he or she is not bad. A hurtful insult may turn up
some self-esteem. It is similar to throwing old vegetables at a bad comic-
the bad comic is probably homeless and will take the food and eat it. Have
lemons? Make lemonade.

The final scene is possibly the most powerful
and terrifying of all the scenes in the book. It features a dignified naval
officer in all the trappings of his station, much like the paint and weaponry
of the boys. This man rescues Ralph from almost certain death. However,
in doing so, he brings the boys into another society which, in principle,
is exactly like the one they just lived. This man is a boy, a fly, another
person warring the battle for power between the evil in his mind and the
rationality of it, another person swarming to the feast. He is another

Jack, warring against people who do not agree with his ideals, his religions
in order to strengthen his own standards.

Golding's ingenious use of a truly entertaining
story to convey the scary reality of the human spirit is accomplished through
the use of symbolism. The boys symbolize the various aspects of the mind,
and their ensuing actions symbolize the respective struggles of the mind.

Their entire struggle to survive on the island is a representation of civilization's
struggle to survive. This was Golding's purpose and he accomplishes it
successfully.

Essay Question Three

No government, no rules, no problems?

Of course, there are problems. From the calling of the first meeting and
all along up to the final hunt for Ralph, the sense of order and respect
is gradually declining among the boys. In the beginning, everybody listens
to what everybody has to say, and