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Lord of the Flies

Often, novels are used to convey a deeper political or moral meaning.Many times a novel's characters are used to camouflage the controversial topics that the author discusses.The characters, in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies symbolize many political events that took place in Golding's life.Three character's persona in particular, Jack’s chaotic nature, Ralph’s ability to call people to order, and Piggy’s intelligence, held deeper meaning.The theme of Lord of the Flies can be described as the flaws of society are directly transversal to the flaws of human nature.
Jack symbolizes the chaos and anarchy that was occurring in the lives of the World War II soldiers, and his red hair symbolizes the Communist uprising during this time called the ;Red Scare; which had recently begun.Golding writes, ;Jack was thefirst to make himself heard.He had not the conch and thus spoke against the rules; but nobody minded; (pg.87).Jack always attempted to make everyone happy by feeding them and making them think that they were safe under his control.
Ralph, on the other hand, is a symbol for democracy and order; Golding writes ;By now, Ralph had no self-consciousness in public thinking but would treat the day;s decisions as though he were playing chess.; (pg.117).Ralph is always trying to get things done that are important to survival, and he never bosses people around.He is the veracious one that tells people what to do according to what needs to be done, without being bossy.
Piggy symbolizes intelligence, Golding writes, ;Once more that evening Ralph had to adjust his values.Piggy could think.He could go step by step in that fat head of his, only Piggy was no chief.But Piggy after all his ludicrous body, had brains.; (pg.78).Without intelligence, there would not be any difference between cavemen and modern man.Piggy is the on


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