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Religious Imagery in Lord of the Flies
Transcript of Religious Imagery in Lord of the Flies
Perfect world with no sin or evil
Corrupted by the "fall" of man
Now, every man born with an
evil nature prone to sin Lord of the Flies Connection
At first, full of innocence and civilization
Corrupted by man's descent into savagery
In this "microcosm", we see that all men have a capacity for evil Beelzebub--literally translates to
"Lord of the Flies" Refers to Satan or the Devil Golding's Social and Political Views As a young man, he believed that man could
improve himself through civilization and do
away with all social evil...then came WWII. He discovered what human beings could
really do to each other. Atrocities were
committed by formerly civilized people. Believed that evil does not come from
political systems, but rather springs from
the depths of man himself. Wickedness from
inside man instead creates these evil systems.
Connections to Jesus often went into seclusion to pray
met the devil in the wilderness--tempted with evil but he resisted
dies to save humans from their evil nature
miraculous resurrection goes into seculsion in nature
meets the "Lord of the Flies" in the forest--tempted with his evil nature but he resists
dies trying to save the boys from their evil nature (warn them that there's no beast)
"resurrection" seems to be that reconnection with nature--glow in the dark creatures that accept his body Reactions to Simon's death
Ralph feels personal guilt
Piggy attempts to rationalize the death and realizes he is guilty
Jack denies that Simon died