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In Wiliiam Goldings book The Lord of the Flies two running themes are innocence and the loss of it and the fear of the unknown Another way to describe the fear of the unknown could be man ultimately reverting back to an evil and primitive nature The cycle of mans rise to power and his inevitable fall from grace is an important point that book proves again and again Lord Of The Flies symbolizes this fall in different manners ranging from the illustration of the mentality of actual primitive man to the reflections of a corrupt The novel is the story of a group of boys of different backgrounds who are marooned on an unknown island when their plane crashes As the boys try to organize and formulate a plan to get rescued they begin to separate and as a result of the dissension a band of savage tribal hunters is formed Eventually the stranded boys almost entirely shake off civilized behavior When the confusion finally leads to a manhunt for Ralph it shows that the boys have backpedaled and shown the underlying savage side existent in all humans despite the strong sense of British character and civility that has been instilled in the youth The novel shows the reader how easy it is to revert back to the evil nature inherent in man If a group of well-conditioned school boys can ultimately wind up committing various extreme travesties one can imagine what adults leaders of society are capable of doing under the pressures of trying to maintain world relations In the novel Simon is a peaceful lad who tries to show the boys that there is no monster on the island except the fears that the boys have Simon tries to state the truth
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