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Political Allegory In William Goldings Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies is an allegory on human society today the novels primary implication being that what we have come to call civilization is at best no more than skin-deep Stern 169 Though the need for civilization is focused on in this novel the significance of political order shown allegorically is consistently referenced to Allegory is a form of extended metaphor in which objects persons and actions in a narrative are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself The underlying meaning has moral social religious or political significance Allegory 2002 When utilizing political allegory the characters are used as symbols that overall represent some kind of political organization In Lord of the Flies the persons or characters allegorized include Ralph Jack Piggy Roger the biguns and the littluns each considered an important component of their political establishments For most every society there is a system of government usually comprised of a certain conduct or manner In Lord of the Flies two political parties were established causing conflict among the children Ralph and Jack served as leaders for separate parties Ralph is democratic man the symbol of consent There was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil Spitz 191 Ralphs rational disposition became evident after dividing authority with Jack Ralph looked at him Jack eager to offer something The choir belongs to you of course Golding 23 Ralph could be considered a reasonable and responsible leader therefore portraying a democratic setting Jack then is authoritarian man Like Hitler and Mussolini himself a Satanic figure with his red hair and black cape he was also the leader of a
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