William Golding: The Lord of the Flies


Golding is a masterful strategist in the use of simile. This linguistic device became effective in bringing out his stories from all levels of readers. Thus:
Golding overuses simile in the novel in order to
describe his fictional places, his people, their actions
and feelings. All in all, this inquiry shows that this
linguistic device has a specific function in enriching
the language and giving it a special decoration.

The present inquiry attempted to account for the means
by which Golding deals with this same evil which exists
in all of his characters. With his mastery of such
literary tools as structure, syntax, diction, point of
view and presentation of character, Golding allows
the reader to easily relate to his characters and explore
the novel’s main theme, that within a person there are
forces of good and evil which must be controlled.

I believe that those characters are the representations of evil in our life. In real life, evils are those people and events that make us lonely. Best of all, they bring out the monster in us and the worst in us. However, we should not blame our unhappiness on them. We are unhappy because we tend to always remember the past experiences we should forget. We nurse and immerse the intimate pain that robs us from being free and happy. We take too seriously the losses, frustrations, failures and betrayals which eat and nibble us painfully.
The people who hurt and wronged us ought to be forgiven if we want to be truly happy in our life. Don’t allow past to control the future and don’t rehearse the mistakes committed against us because it disconnects us from God. I am saying these things because I experienced being wronged and found out that harboring grudge makes me unhappy. To forgive is a liberating experience and to endure the betrayal of false friends is a skill I need to develop to survive. I learnt to be vigilant of false friends and betrayers because this world is full of evils.

Lord of the Flies enables the reader to comprehend
that the “devil rises, not out of pirates and cannibals
and such alien creatures, but out of the darkness
of man’s heart” (Hynes, 1988).

Indeed, I am in total agreement with the lines. In both cases, anger hurts more the victim than it does to the offender. Darkness of man’s heart is the grudge and selfish nature. Don’t curse them and wish them bad luck for it is an ungodly task. Don’t harbor grudge because unforgiving attitude refrains us from experiencing real friendship that may come our way. Whichever the case maybe, both of them are hard in equal measure, choose the Christian way— forgive!
William Golding’s The Paper Men: A Critical Study
Golding provides images of the darker side of man.
This dark side of man’s nature inevitably wins and
man proves to be a pathetic race that refuses to
accept responsibility for all its shortcomings and challenges.

I arrive to a conclusion that, as human, we are self-directed. We want to preserve ourselves. Our motto is, “I’ll scratch your back and you’ll scratch mine!“…There’s a part of us that is selfish and self-serving. To help unconditionally, one part of us says “no“…another part of us says “yes.” We are human whose heart has many questions and reservations on helping and reaching out to others. We give something of ourselves when we still have much left. And sadly, we want to be thanked and praised much and we want something in return when we help people. Is it true giving?

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