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The Relevance of William Goldings Lord of the Flies People are manipulated by society This is the underlying theme in William Goldings novel Lord of the Flies Throughout the story Golding uses symbolism to show how people are manipulated by society Each character in the novel represents a different part of man as he has evolved throughout history Golding show how man started out simple but was eventually manipulated by civilization This idea can not only be seen in the story but also throughout the course of mankind Events such as themurder of the Jews by Hitler the extermination of millions of American Indians by the US government and the murder of millions of unborn babies by people who claim to be pro choice prove that manipulation of the people allow events such as this to occur Ralph enters the story representative of the innocence of man However Ralphs innocence is balanced by Piggy who is representative of intelligence Jack who is representative of the power hungry man and Simon who is representative of spiritual man These four characters represent the four parts of man which balance off to create man Throughout the story Golding shows how Ralph who represents innocence is manipulated by the other boys who represent society Golding uses the boys especially Jacks group to show how through evolution society has degressed For example the killing of the sow represents mans lowest crime incest Once man performed this crime nothing ever got better In the story from the point where the sow is killed nothing ever gets better Golding constantly uses symbolism throughout the novel to represent the evolution of man In the novel Golding also shows how mankind is manipulated by appearance Jack and his group of boys dress themselves with war paint The reader recognizes these boys as savages However the reader recognizes the soldiers who rescue the boys as heroes when in all actuality they
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