Notes on Lord of the Flies. Themes: The Need for Social Order Power Vision Fear of the Unknown Loss of Identity Loss of Innocence. Notes on Lord of the Flies. The Need for Social Order The boys are separated from civilization
4. Piggy – obvious meaning
Simon as a “Christ figure”:
Simon goes alone into the jungle and confronts evil. Simon comes down from the mountain bringing news that will save the boys from their fear. Instead of listening to Simon, the other boys kill him.
“Lord of the Flies” – A literal translation of “Beelzebub,” a Hebrew name for the devil. The “Lord of the Flies” represents the incarnation of evil itself.
Natural Goodness of Man Theory:
Left to themselves, humans would live good lives, and it is the influence of civilization that corrupts people.
Golding has said that Lord of the Flies is “an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.” He acknowledges evil as a force that lurks within every person.