Lord Of The Flies Irony Analysis

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies author, William Golding, uses irony, character development and symbolism to help create the theme of People abusing power when it’s not earned. A story about a plane crash that left a number of young boys stranded on an island to fend for themselves.

Most people know of irony and may know examples of irony but do they really know what irony is? Irony is ‘the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning’ ("Irony." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2017.). In the lord of the flies irony is used on numerous occasions, an example of this would be when Jack agrees with Ralph stating that there needs to be rules because they are English men and they are the greatest but then later on turn into great savages. “I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything. So we've got to do the right things.”
(page 42- chapter 2). They begin as rule abiding kids who want to do everything right and in the proper order. They wanted to have order not pure chaos. The irony in this is that Jack is the one to really
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He was the boy who already had people afraid of him. He was orderly and neat but also sort of a bully at school. When he reaches the island he changes into a savage over a period of time. In chapter 4 he begins his transformation into a savage hunter. “Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them. He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling" (page 64-chapter 4). This mask allowed him to put the guidelines of civilization away and kill without feeling remorse for doing so, this would be when he went to kill the piglet and thought that he couldn’t. This mask was a way to hide himself and for the inner beast come