Piggy's Allegory

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In the allegory, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, a group of boys, all around the age twelve and younger, are shipped away from the dangerous war zone in England. Unfortunately, the boy's plane crash landed on an island "paradise" leaving them stranded and left to fend for themselves. Golding uses symbolism, mood, and imagery to portray to the audience that when the innocent don't have examples or the influence of society to set rules and boundaries they don't know where to turn and their intrinsic nature manifests itself.

From the beginning Ralph and Jack butt heads when it comes to who should be the leader. They have disagreements on what should come first. In this part of the story Ralph is trying to build a shelter so the
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Piggy and Ralph go to where Jack's tribe lived to retrieve Piggy's stolen specks. The two tribes began to fight and then all hell breaks loose. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee... Piggy saying nothing, with no time for even a grunt, traveling through the air sideways from the rock. Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back”(Golding 209). Roger is the foil of Simon; Simon is pure and kind whereas Roger who is dark and evil. Roger is the first to commit a planned homicidal attack in daylight and on purpose; Roger is the first to pick out a specific target. While the boys start to attack each other Roger stands above them and started throwing rocks at the helpless victims. As a result of Rogers attacks Piggy dies. Roger has no example to follow to show him what appropriate behavior is. As a result his intrinsic evil nature is shown.

Golding uses symbolism, imagery, and mood to portray to his readers that the innocent, with no examples or structure, will not know where to turn or how to act ending in disaster. As a society, we need to make sure that we as individuals are positive influences on the innocent and provide a structured