Lord Of The Flies Rhetorical Analysis

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In the novel, Lord of the Flies written by William Golding, a group of British boys are deserted on an island during World War II. Golding, in his background, served in the Royal Navy during World War II and through his service, he was able to see the injustices of mankind. Golding incorporates the injustices of humanity throughout the novel through the usage of Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle. Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle is a formation of ethos, pathos, and logos: credibility, emotions, and logic. Golding conveys his belief that all men are evil through Jack’s use of ethos and pathos to depict how the boys eventually become savages.
With what Golding saw during his service in the Royal Navy, accompanied by other factors of his life, he implements his beliefs into the character, Jack, in Lord of the Flies. During the beginning of the novel, it describes Jack as “tall, thin, and bony...stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger” (Golding 20). The way Golding presents Jack as “tall, thin, and bony”, he might be referring Jack as an allegory of the figure of Death as Death is seemingly described like this too. The
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That perspective is valid as Golding’s belief of how civilization among humans disintegrate without society’s conformity, but it would not have result in the events that occurred with Jack. While Jack does indirectly cause the horrible events on the island, it would not be the same if Jack had not been on the island. While Jack was splitting into his own tribe, “a wave of restlessness set the boys swaying and moving aimlessly” (Golding 151). The boys show signs of uncomfort under Jack’s almost seemingly dictatorship rule, so it is a sign that they would not commit same actions that Jack made them