Lord Of Flies( The Importance of self-discovery)
1Human should understand the importance of self-discovery. In
the Lord of the Flies,
Ralph, Simon and Samneric learned the weaknesses and darkness
within the human hearts. People grows up when they faces a
challenge. Ralph s challenge is how to be a good and responsible
leader. Simons challenge is how to speak at front of people.
Samnerics challenge is how to make right choice. The truth about
self-discovery may be cruel, but it is worth to learn from it.
2Ralph is being a playful, innocent child in the beginning of the
story, but towards the end he matures significantly. Excluding
Piggy, Ralph is the most mature and responsible member of the
boys, for he is concerned throughout the book with keeping the
fire on the mountain going, and building shelter. ” If a ship
comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make
smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.” pg,37
Ralph always has the strong belief that all the children will be
saved from the island sooner or later, but at middle part of the story
he begins to doubting it. At end of the story, after the death of
Piggy, Ralphs encounter with the Lord of the Flies, he knocks
over the pigs skull. ” A sick fear and rage swept him. Fiercely he
hit out at the filthy thing in front of him that bobbed like a toy and
came back, still grinning into his face, so that he lashed and cried
out in loathing.” pg206 Ralph realize the evil is part of him and
just as to other boys. However, he is the only person who
acknowledges the importance of being responsible, and he takes
over as a true leader even though he is not necessarily good at it.
3Sam and Eric represents the crowd in modern society, just like
every ordinary human. They are faithful and mostly good. They
can be described as loyalist in the story. Their rule is to serve
whomever is the leader. For example when Jack says ” Grab them!
No one moved. Jack shouted angrily. I said ” grab them”! “
Samneric finally give into his threats on their travel to Castle Rock.
Later, then betray Ralph, by showing his hiding place to Jack. “
Youre sure he meant in there? The twin moaned faintly and then
squealed again. ” ” He meant hed hide in there?” pg. 214 In this
way, Samneric symbolize the weakness of human nature. They
have lose any real sense of loyalty to others.
4Simon is a ” Christ Figure” in the story. He is the only boy who
helps Ralph to build shelters. Simon is a prophets, because he is
able to foretell Ralph that he will be rescue, it provides assurance
to Ralph. When Simons encounter with Lord of the Flies , he
realizes that the beast is not something one can kill, because its
inside the boys. The evil in the humans heart. ” Fancy thinking the
Beast was something you could hunt and kill!” ” You knew, didnt
you? Im part of you?” pg. 158 . Most importantly, Simon solves
mystery of the beast. ” He examined the white nasal bones, the
teeth , the colors of corruption. He saw how pitilessly the layers of
rubber and canvas held together the poor body that should be
rotting away.” pg. 162. He is brave , because he dares to find the
truth about the beast. In the end of the story, Simon sacrifices
himself to tell the rest of the boys about the beast.
5Ralph, Simon and Samneric learns great and bitter lesson about
self-discovery. Ralph and Simon finally realizes the evil residing
within everyone. They feel sick and uneasy about it, but they face
the truth. This is why Ralph knocks over pigs skull. They both are
brave, because they dare to face the truth. If man do not face the
truth , man will become
a fallen creature just like Jack.