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The Lord of the Flies Good vs EvilThe constant struggle for survival of the young boys in The Lord of the Flies ultimately results in innocence transforming into savagery There is an on going battle between good and evil which has always been the focus of William Goldings worksStung by what he considers an unreal view of life the novelist is too magnanimous to stop at exposing the faults of another but goes onto tell the truth Cook 173 In this novel Golding uses intense imagery to undermine our naive faith in the moral progress we like to read into modern social society Baker 175 In all of Goldings novels he has a message or moral that he tries to get across to the reader In Lord of the Flies Golding tries to put the reader into a different world the intention is to undermine our naive faith in the moral progress we like to read into modern social history We are urged to recognize that human nature is dynamic and capable of extraordinary transformations which may result in social good or ill Baker 175Piggy is incessantly used as a symbol of what is good and moral During his death he is portrayed even as a righteous symbol of Christ He is the representative of all things acceptable and lawful The death of Piggy is an emblem of the Fall--the later reference to it makes that interpretation indisputable But the power of Mr Goldings art depends also upon the show--the shown significance of the grunt which means more than the authors clever sneer the smashed conch and split brains The alert pupil is expected to register through those carefully presented symbols the ultimate fragility of the boys tenuous grasp on sense order and legitimate behaviour That the falling Piggy representative of intelligence and the rule of law is an unsatisfactory symbol of fallen man Capey 177
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