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Lord Of The Flies A Shocking Tale Of The Darkness Of Mans Heart At first William Goldings novel The Lord Of The Flies seems little more than a tale of a group of boys the sole survivors of a plane crash and their adventures on a deserted island However as the story unfolds it becomes more than a mere tale of survival The island is no longer simply a place for an adventure but a metaphor for the entire world with each of the characters representing important aspects that make up this world The first hint Golding gives us that his novel will contain deeper meaning is the fact that the plane the boys are traveling in is shot down during the Cold War This turns the war into something totally real to the boys It is no longer something that is going on far away from where they live but something that they are a part of that will change their lives forever One way Golding creates representations of the adult real world is through his characters Piggy Ralph Simon and Jack Piggy is the representative of technology intellect and education He is also the most mature and adult like member of the group This along with his poor eyesight size accent and asthma are why he is constantly ostracized by the others His glasses represent technology civilization reality and reason When they are destroyed it is a sign that the boys are no longer using reason in their actions and civilization is becoming more and more a thing of the past Ralph on the other hand represents government authority order and self discipline Although Ralph occasionally gives way to his more primitive side he is one of the only members of the group who maintains enough discipline to try to remain civilized Lack of this quality in the other boys is a contributor to why civilized life on the island
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