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The Religious Allegory in 'Lord of the Flies'

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The Religious Allegory in
Lord of the Flies

Introduction
Introduction
Thesis:
William Golding's
Lord of the Flies
, can be seen as a religious allegory due to the Christ-like figure of Simon, the temptation of the beast in relation to Jesus' temptation in the desert, and the notion of society's rejection of faith and religion.
During our presentation, we will discuss three important areas:
The comparison of Simon's character to Jesus' character
The temptation from the Lord of the Flies compared to Satan's temptation to Jesus
How people today who follow a certain religion or practice a certain faith are rejected from society just how Simon was rejected by the boys
Body
Simon can be seen as a Christ-like figure due to his good morals, bravery, fairness, positivity and equality.
"... Simon as a Christ figure; he is the one boy who has the true knowledge which can save them. Like Christ, he is martyred. Unlike Christ, however, his death seems to have no significance for the boys; his knowledge dies with him..."
This proves that Simon always wanted the best for the group. He was the wisest one who was killed for wanting to speak the truth about the beast - exactly why Jesus was killed
Body
"Simon's effort fell about him in ruins; the laughter beat him cruelly and he shrank away defenseless to his seat"
Pg. 96
This proves that the boys secluded Simon from the group for having his own beliefs about the beast and his own opinion about the rules and groups on the island
Simon was like Jesus in the way that he was different. At first, none of the boys listened to him or talked to him because of his opinions. He never believed in the beast and always had hope that they would be rescued. Towards the middle of the story, more of the boys started listening to Simon and developing the same opinions as him; just as Jesus gained his disciples who were preaching the word of God with him. Then at the end of the book, Simon was killed for trying to speak the truth about the beast- just as Jesus was killed for preaching the word of God
Body
"What I mean is... Maybe it's only us."
Pg. 96
This proves that Simon is very wise and smart. He looks outside of the box. He sees what's within the others and himself; he's not denial about it. He sees the truth behind the lies and is very knowledgeable. He always thinks positively and is never a pessimist. He is always trying his best to create fairness and he is always kind. He always has hope and never talks/looks down on anyone else.
Body
Simon was tempted by the beast just as Jesus was being tempted by Satan
"Well then,"
said the Lord of the Flies,
"You'd better run off and play with the others. They think you're batty. You don't want Ralph to think you're batty do you? You like Ralph a lot, don't you? And piggy, and Jack."
Pg. 157
This proves that the beast is trying to get inside of Simon's head. He's trying to tempt him into going back to the beach with the boys instead of discovering the truth about "the beast." Just as Satan was trying to tempt Jesus
Body
"... Run away,"
said the head silently,
"Go back to the others. It was a joke really- why should you bother?"
Pg. 151
This proves that the beast is trying to persuade Simon into going back to the beach and the whole beast thing was a joke. The beast is trying to stop Simon from uncovering the truth and trying to bring peace and tranquility back to the island
"You were just wrong, that's all. A little headache, something you ate perhaps. Go back child,"
said the head silently. Pg. 151
This proves that the beast is inside Simon's head only. It's inside of the boys. It's not real, it's an evil creature they have created because of savagery. The beast is trying to tell Simon to go back to the boys because he was wrong and being delusional. At this rate, peace among the boys will never be restored
Body
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple and said to him,
"If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you,' and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone."
Jesus answered him
, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'"
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the Kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him,
"All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me."
At this, Jesus said to him,
"Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'"
Body
This proves that Satan and the beast are extremely similar. They represent each other in many ways. They both tried to tempt a Christ-like character into the doing the wrong. They didn't want the truth to be told. They tried to stop peace and keep the evil in the people Jesus and Simon associated with. The beast/devil wanted to isolate Simon and Jesus to make it easier to tempt them, making them want people by their side. They tried to tempt them at their most vulnerable.
"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn't exist."
This is an extremely famous quote coming from the Revelations. This is stating that people don't believe in Satan and that they can do whatever they want in life without being punished. No one can hold them accountable for their actions. They don't believe in hell or heaven, and that's what Satan wants.
Body
In today's society, many people who practice certain religions and have different faiths are neglected from society, just as Simon was excluded from the boys for trying to show the truth
"Simon's effort fell about him in ruins; the laughter beat him cruelly and he shrank away defenseless to his seat."
Pg. 96
This proves that the boys left out Simon and made him feel small when he was trying to share his wisdom and knowledge with the group. All he was trying to do was raise the hopes of the group and bring in positivity. He was trying to prove that the beast wasn't real, he was just a dead parachutist on the mountain, and that the beast is really the savagery inside of the boys.
Body
This article explains how certain things (in this case, gay marriage) aren't accepted in the Catholic Church, just how Simon wasn't accepted among the boys because he was different
The amount of times they try to be accepted by people and the Church, it's not good enough because people won't change their opinions about it
http://wwrn.org/articles/43518/?&place=vatican
Conclusion
In the book
Lord of the Flies
, it is proved that Simon's character can be compared to Christ, the devil tempted Jesus just as the beast tried to persuade Simon into running away from the truth, and many people today are neglected from society because of their religion or faith just as Simon was left out from the boys due to him being "different"
Simon is the wisest in the group who is full of knowledge, positivity, and hope like Christ
He wants what's best for the group and he was persistent in uncovering the truth about the beast
He was neglected from the group of boys, just how Christ was neglected from society before he was killed
Conclusion
Simon sacrificed himself to prove the truth about the beast just as Jesus did about the word of God and Catholic faith
The beast was trying to tempt Simon to go back to the beach with the boys and gain allies instead of going forward and finding out that there was no real beast, just a dead parachutist, and that the beast was really the savagery inside of the boys
Simon was always trying to restore peace on the island and raise everyone's hopes about being rescued so the boys can stay positive
He was always the pure hearted one
Simon was the only boy on the island who stayed true to others as well as himself, was the only one who was brave enough to uncover the truth about the beast, and even though he was neglected by the boys, he was the only one who didn't turn into a savage, remained positive and died for what he believed in
"WorldWide Religious News." Leadin Vatican Cardinal Says Catholic Church Will Never Bless Gay Marriage-. N.p. n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.
"Chapter 4 Satan "The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World That He Doesn't Exist." This Is a Quote from the Movie, The Usual Suspects, but It Is True, as We Read in Revelation 12:9: "that Old Serpent, Called the Devil, and Satan, Which Deceiveth the Whole World." For All the People in the World Who Believe in God, Few Know Much about Satan. When Most People Think of Satan, They Think of That Guy in the Red Suit with Two Horns and a Pitchfork. They Picture Him Ruling over a Fiery Hell in Which Souls Are Tormented Day and Night on Some Kind of Eternal Charbroiler. None of This Could Be Further from the Truth, and We Should Know Better, "Lest Satan Should Get an Advantage of Us: For We Are Not Ignorant of His Devices" (II Corinthians 2:11). In Fact, Let's Address the Fiery-hell Myth Right up Front. The English Word Hell Comes from the Anglo-Saxon Hel, or in the Genitive Case Helle, Which Means a "hidden Place", from the Anglo-Saxon Word Helan, Meaning "to Hide". The Word for Hell in the Old Testament Is the Strong's Concordance Word #7585 Sheol in Hebrew, Which Simply Means "grave." In the New Testament It's the Strong's Word #1067 Geenna, or Gehenna, in Greek, Which Was the Name of a Valley outside of Jerusalem Where the City Trash Was Burned. The Word Was Meant to Portray a State of Degradation and Death, Rather than a Geographical Location of Burning Souls. In Eleven Other Locations of the New Testament It Is the Strong's Word #86 Hades in Greek, Meaning "unseen Place" or "grave". Whether It's the Word Sheol in the Old Testament, or Gehenna or Hades in the New Testament, They All Mean Either the Grave or a State of Death." Chapter 4 Satan "The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World That He Doesn't Exist." This Is a Quote from the Movie, The Usual Suspects, but It Is True, as We Read in Revelation 12:9: "that Old Serpent, Called the Devil, and Satan, Which Deceiveth the Whole World." For All the People in the World Who Believe in God, Few Know Much about Satan. When Most People Think of Satan, They Think of That Guy in the Red Suit with Two Horns and a Pitchfork. They Picture Him Ruling over a Fiery Hell in Which Souls Are Tormented Day and Night on Some Kind of Eternal Charbroiler. None of This Could Be Further from the Truth, and We Should Know Better, "Lest Satan Should Get an Advantage of Us: For We Are Not Ignorant of His Devices" (II Corinthians 2:11). In Fact, Let's Address the Fiery-hell Myth Right up Front. The English Word Hell Comes from the Anglo-Saxon Hel, or in the Genitive Case Helle, Which Means a "hidden Place", from the Anglo-Saxon Word Helan, Meaning "to Hide". The Word for Hell in the Old Testament Is the Strong's Concordance Word #7585 Sheol in Hebrew, Which Simply Means "grave." In the New Testament It's the Strong's Word #1067 Geenna, or Gehenna, in Greek, Which Was the Name of a Valley outside of Jerusalem Where the City Trash Was Burned. The Word Was Meant to Portray a State of Degradation and Death, Rather than a Geographical Location of Burning Souls. In Eleven Other Locations of the New Testament It Is the Strong's Word #86 Hades in Greek, Meaning "unseen Place" or "grave". Whether It's the Word Sheol in the Old Testament, or Gehenna or Hades in the New Testament, They All Mean Either the Grave or a State of Death. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.
"Matthew 4:5-11." The Bible. New York: Catholic Book, 1992. N. pag. Print.
Henningfeld, Dianne Andrews. "Social Issues in Literature - A Religious Allegroy." Violence in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. N.p.: Greenhaven, 2010. N. pag. Print.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. N.p.: Faber and Faber Limited, 1954. Print.
Work Cited
Discussion Questions
1.
How do you think Simon reflects Christ?
2.
How do you think the beast relates to the Devil? What religious evils can you think of? (i.e. temptation)
3.
What do you believe the voice of the beast represents? Do you agree with what we said it was? (Evil)
By: Michela, Olivia, Victoria, Nicolas, Joseph
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