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Lord Of The Flies: A Christian Allegory
Transcript of Lord Of The Flies: A Christian Allegory
Lord of the Flies
Their resemblances with Satan and Evil
Lord of The Flies &
The Garden Of Eden
How is the
Lord Of The Flies
An Allegory to Christianity?
In Lord of the Flies there are many references to events, people, places or entities that are commonly mentioned in the Christian Religion. Some of them include these topics:
Jack representing Lucifer
The island representing the Garden of Eden
The beast/The Lord of the Flies representing the Devil
Simon representing Jesus Christ
Jack Merridew: The Lucifer on the Island
Lord of the Flies
~ The Snake beast and the snake in the garden of Eden & the snakes symbolizing hell.
~ The beast brings out inner savages and evil in all the boys.
Leading up to Exile/Departure
~ Lord of the flies translated into hebrew means Beezebub, another name for Satan
~ In chapter 8, Lord of the Flies tries to persuade Simon to have fun and sin; just like Satan tries to persuade Jesus, mentioned in the bible.
~ In various relligions, some believe that Satan is the evil in humans. This is like what Lord of the Flies claims to be when talking to Simon.
Therefore, the earliest instict
displayed in mankind was
of an evil nature based from
Satan's actions. Lord of the Flies
shows the evil nature that mankind
would revert back to because of
Satan's influence, causing modern
civilization were to be wiped
Both Lucifer and Jack leave God/Ralph
They both convince angels/boys to join them in their rebellion
They both insinuate evil among people
Attributes Similar To Lucifer
Lucifer was in charge of the choir in heaven and was known as a fantastic singer
"Satan was the heavenly choir director and he lead the songs of praise to the Lord" (Reagan 2)
Jack also leads his own choir and sings as well.
"I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp"(Golding 18)
Lucifer is also known to be a very wise man, but does not surpass the intellect of the Holy Trinity
"Satan was the wisest creature God ever created"(All About God 2)
Jack is recognized as one of the intelligent boys on the island
"What intelligence had been shown to was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious leader was Jack" (Golding 19)
Lucifer is known for deceiving those of the world and those around him
"And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light"(2 Corinthians 11:14)
Jack is also described as a deceiving person in appearance due to his face painting
"He looked no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger"
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Both were in high ranks
Jealous of another highly ranked person
Refuse to work for their leaders
High Ranking Personnel
Lucifer was a high ranking angel which is called an archangel
"Satan's position in heaven had been next to the Son of God. He was first among the angels" (White 341)
Jack was also a part of the leadership on the island and was close to Ralph in rankings
"Ralph, Jack and Simon jumped off the platform..."(Golding 21).
Lucifer wished to become as high in ranking as much as possible, but the Son of God stood between him and God.
"Lucifer was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ..Christ had been taken into the special counsel of God in regard to his plans, while Lucifer was unacquainted with them"(White 14)
Jack also felt the same way about Piggy and confronted Ralph about it
"He's like Piggy. He says things like Piggy"(Golding 138)
Refuses to Work for Leader
Lucifer refused to worship God any longer because he became very proud of himself.
"You said in your heart 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God... I will make myself like the most high' "(Isaiah 14: 12-14)
Jack too, did not want to work under Ralph any longer and wanted to become chief.
" 'Who thinks Ralph oughtn't be chief' "(Golding 139).
How The Garden Of Eden is Similar
Lucifer lusts for power so much God casts him out to heaven and down to the earth
"Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground"(Ezekiel 28:12)
Jack decided to leave the beach because he was not able to become leader
" 'I'm not going to play any longer. Not with you' "(Golding 141)
Convincing Others to Join in Rebellion
When Lucifer is cast out of heaven he decides to take a portion of the angels with him.
"Endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation, became Satan, God's adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels"(
28 Fundamental Beliefs
Jack also convinces some of the boys to become savages with him
"Far off along the beach, Jack was standing among a small group of boys"(Golding 146)
Lucifer insinuates any sort of evil whether it be murder, theft, deceit etc
"There is a destructive, hateful, and murderous nature about the devil"(Kail 2)
Jack also promotes evil actions through is his own behavior
"He took a step, and able at last to hit someone, struck his fist into Piggy's stomach"(Golding 75)
The Christ figure
-Is seen as the Christ figure
-Simon is kind, pure, and sympathetic towards the other characters, just like Christ was sympathetic towards other peoples feelings
William brings up that there are plenty of fruit on the island. On page 19, he says "Three small children appeared from startlingly, close at hand where they had been gorging fruit from the forrest."
A quote from the bible is "The Lord made all kinds of trees grow out from the ground- trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food." This quote is talking about The Garden of Eden. This shows that both the Garden of Eden and the island grow fruits.
-Simon was able to understand the truth,
specifically about the
-Simon was misunderstood by most, characters just like Jesus was misunderstood by society
Another aspect of the island that relates to the Garden of Eden is the fact that the first thing Ralph did after the plane crash was undress and take a bath in the water near the island.
This symbolizes the act of baptism and the time when Adam and Eve became nude after committing a sin.
-Simon is shown to have all the qualities that Christ had, etc. intelligent, wise, kind, and usually liked being alone
-Simon was soon murdered by the boys
Simon is one of the kind pure characters in Lord of the Flies that doesn't talk much but probably is the most important and meaningful character
The island was very beautiful, pure and barely touched before the plane crashed onto it. Once the boys crashed onto it, they walked all over it and took away its pure and untouched vibe.
This is very similar to what happens on the Garden of Eden. Before Adam and Eve Grab fruit from the tree, the Garden is basically brand new with no fruits picked off of it yet. The island boys taking away the pureness from the island represents Adam and Eve breaking the rule and picking a fruit off the tree.
-Simon dies on water with the light reflecting on him and his arms wide open just like Jesus
-Simon believed in good in society although he was opposed by evil
Simon is shown as the Christ figure in many ways. Examples being, Simon and Jesus' similarities in traits, actions, and death.
The Island that the boys crash on is a big beautiful land that is very eye appealing. There is fruit on it and it is a very pure place that has barely been touched
The Garden Of Eden is a story from the bible that many critics say is very similar to "Lord Of The Flies". Meaning, many occurrences in Lord of The flies, symbolize things that occurred in the Garden of Eden.
Overall, there are many things in Lord of The Flies that symbolize the Garden of Eden and some things that don't. Some people just think it was a coincidence, yet others assume the author did it on purpose
In conclusion one can see that Jack represents Lucifer in many ways:
Had similar attributes
similar events leading up to exile/departure
and similar events after exile/departure
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"The First Human Beings and The Garden Of Eden." - Jewish History. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.
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Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.