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Lord of the Flies - Final

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Lexy Ferrara
22 May 2011
Lord of the Flies Final Essay
In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, he uses many elements of style, such as aggressiveness to describe characters leadership skills.   After analyzing Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, it is clear that through the aggressive nature of his words, he suggests that mans natural state is savage and cruel, which suggest that the most ineffective leaders are useless and weak.
Golding reveals that being violent and aggressive is a way of being a poor and therefore unsuccessful leader.   Ralph shows his hostile behavior when he and Piggy are walking along the beach and Piggy is repetitively asking questions, “Are you sure? Really sure, I mean? ... D’you think we’re safe down here?”   Ralph replies, “‘How the hell should I know?’   Ralph jerked away from him and walked a few paces ahead of him” (Golding 124).   Some may conclude that Ralph is only getting annoyed with Piggy because he asks so many questions.   However, Ralph is showing his ineffective leadership skills because of the way he reacts when he is asked a few simple questions.   Golding also reveals aggressive nature when Simon is talking to the Lord of the Flies.   Simon is walking in the forest to look for the “beastie” and comes across the Lord of the Flies, and it starts talking to him, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?   Close, close, close!   I’m the reason why it’s no go?   Why thing are what they are?” (Golding 143).   The Lord of the Flies represents Jack because they are both violent and yell at people plenty, and in this passage, it seems like Simon is talking to Jack and being criticized by this inanimate object.   The fact that the Lord of the Flies uses aggressive words and aggressive nature to make Simon feel bad about himself show that when one is aggressive and flat out nasty towards someone else, they make for a poor leader.   Golding shows how Jack is...


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