Thesis: Lord of the Flies
When left to its own devices and given the opportunity, human nature will revert back to the inherent savagery that lies within everyone. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies this theme becomes apparent when, after a plane crash, a band of young boys are left stranded on an island. Without the guidance of adults and the structure of society the boys become lawless and barbaric. Chapter nine marks the turning point in the novel where the climax occurs with the killing of Simon. In the last four paragraphs of chapter nine, “A View to Death” Golding uses light imagery of the sky, the water creatures and Simons’ body to show the apotheosis of Simon.
Golding uses light imagery of the sky to show the apotheosis of Simon. At the storms worst point, Simon’s death occurs. Afterwards “The clouds drifted away, so that the sky was scattered once more with the incredible lamps of stars.” This storm and its ending at Simons’ death parallels the storm that took place during the crucifixion of Christ on the cross. When Simon is killed during the boys’ crazy dance he undergoes extreme pain and suffering, his crucifixion. “The clear water mirrors the clear sky and the angular bright conste
" The creatures surround him, become one with his body, and on a silver bed float his remains out to sea. "The creatures made a moving patch of light as they gathered at the edge. He uses the sky to show quintessence, the water to describe the heavens opening up to receive his body, makes a metaphor of the creatures to show how he dies as a savior, and imagery of his body to show how, after his death, he becomes a saint. Just as the earth"tms gravity pulls at the moon and the Sun"tms gravity pulls at the earth a larger, higher power pulls Simon"tms body to heaven, his ascension. His death is Golding"tms comment on human nature and reveals the theme in the novel- without the structure of society; man will revert back to savagery. The true beast is the ugliness that lies within man's soul, an ugliness that ultimately that leads to calamity in today"tms world. "Over the darkened curve of the world the sun and moon were pulling, and the film of water on the earth was held," the pulling of the sun and moon illustrates Simon"tms rise to heaven. The edge is also the line between civility and savageness. Lastly, Golding uses the light imagery of Simon"tms body to establish him as the apotheosis. " The unending reflection of the light from the stars to the clear surface of the water symbolizes quintessence, a fifth element that permeates nature and space. The fire in their eyes is a reflection of the fire that they were dancing around just before they slay him. Simons acceptance into heaven occurs as "The line of phosphorescence bulged about the sand grains and little pebbles; it held them each in a dimple of tension"" The pebbles and sand represent people and how they have lived their life. This fifth dimension is representative of a space beyond which the human mind can fathom, heaven.