Lord of the Flies Themes

  • In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Ralph’s reliance on reason and logic contrasts with Jack’s steady descent into savagery. Thematically, they represent opposite aspects of human behavior.
  • The island symbolizes the beauty and harmony of the natural world. It is ultimately burned by Jack and his tribe. This emphasizes the violence and destruction of mankind.
  • The deaths of Simon and Piggy and Ralph’s despair in the novel’s conclusion illustrate the loss of innocence.
  • The idea that human beings are driven to impose their will in acts of domination is developed through Jack’s obsessions and the war being fought in the outside world.
  • Through the boys’ conduct when they are isolated from civilization, the novel examines mankind’s basic nature in relation to society and arrives at a bleak conclusion.


Good and Evil
During their abandonment on the island, Ralph, Piggy, Simon, and many of the other boys show elements of...

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Lord of the Flies Themes and Social Concerns

World War II convinced Golding that people have, in spite of certain admirable qualities, a powerful evil in their nature which civilization...

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