Lord of the flies, written by William Golding, is a suspenseful and entertaining novel that relates a lot with the book that I've read called Rite of Passage by Richard Wright. Both of their contents compare to each other in many cases. On keeping with several of Wrights black hero's, Johnny is jolted out of his innocence into the stark realization of the world as a hostile place, when he escapes from home, and is on his own. This theme in the novel is extremely similar to the theme in Lord of the Flies, when a group of boys get violent on an island where no adults live. They both revolve around the theme of evil. Such as in both, the main characters/ character loose their innocence during the entrance to reality in the world and what it's all about. The difference although is the fact that a part of Rite of Passage deals with racism as its form of evil, whereas in Lord of the Flies, it's more about power or survival of the fittest and violence. "Somehow it feels better" Skinkie one of the black kids in Rite of passage said . When he spoke those words he was answering Johnny, the main characters question about mugging white people rather than black. "But the island was scorched up like dead wood-Simon was dead.." We see here, that at the end of the book, evil shows itself, as the way the boys finally leave the island.
Simon, who faints frequently and is likely an , has a secret hideaway where he goes to be alone. One day while he is there, Jack and his followers erect a faux sacrifice to the beast nearby: a severed pig's head, mounted on a sharpened stick, and soon swarming with scavenging . Simon conducts an imaginary dialog with the head, which he dubs the "". The head mocks Simon's notion that the beast is a real entity, "something you could hunt and kill", and reveals the truth: they, the boys, are the beast; it is inside them all. The Lord of the Flies also warns Simon that he is in danger, because he represents the soul and spirit of man, and predicts that the others will kill him. Sure enough, during a ritual dance, the frenzied boys mistake Simon for the beast, attack him, and beat him to death.
“Describe The Symbols Used In The Lord Of The Flies
«The Lord of the Flies» is the debut allegoric novel written by William Golding, which has not become too popular after it was published. But after a while it became a bestseller and was called one of the most significant novels written in English language, due to the problems it highlights, and a strong moral. Charles Brian Cox («The Lord of the Flies. Critics Reviews», n.d.) said «Its exceptional strength stems from the fact that Golding believes: every detail of human life has a religious significance».