Lord Of The Flies Archetype Essay

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In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, two broad character types are portrayed in Ralph and Jack, each of which represents man’s innate need for civility and the opposite, savagery. He also includes one character, Simon, who symbolizes natural goodness, a different kind of civility compared to Ralph. However, in our society we rarely see Ralphs or Jacks or Simons; these three “basic characters” are like the primary colours, they join together to form the many different personalities in the world. This applies to myself included, exemplified during times of animosity, leadership and virtue, when my actions mirror those of Golding’s archetype characters. The character everyone most often associates with evil and savagery is…show more content…

In the frenzy which took Simon’s life, when everyone lost control and fell to their instincts, I think I, and anyone else would have joined in as well. What transpired the night Simon was killed was not something that any of the boys on the island would willingly have done, but in the circumstances forced upon the young children there really was no choice but the one they chose. Ralph, the protagonist, is the opposing force against Jack in the novel. He represents the morality, order and civility in Man, but also shows how weak we can be when forced into a corner. I find that, unlike Jack, Ralph’s persona really doesn’t show through in any specific event in our lives, rather, it is passive and guides our actions. The moral rules which Ralph imposes on himself are present in everyday of our lives as well as a need for order. A very relevant example in my own life would be the school I attend, one where uniforms are required as part of order, where students including myself are always choosing a tougher challenge because of our inner drive. These are all the everyday choices we make because of an inner, human instinct for structure and rules. The final archetype character I associate my own personality with is Simon. Simon is very different from any other boy on the beach. He represents the scarcity of true goodness, in the face of overwhelming evil. Again, Golding has proven

Archetype Analysis of Lord of the Flies

2467 WordsFeb 26th, 201110 Pages

Abstract: William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983, for his first writing Lord of the Flies, in which symbolism is wildly used and attributes lots of symbolic meanings to the characters and events. The story thus becomes vivid and profound.
This paper aims at using Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung’s collective unconscious and archetypal theories to interpret the archetypes of characters, natural scenes and themes.

Key words: symbolism, Lord of the Flies, collective unconscious, archetypal theory

0. Introduction
Lord of the Flies is the masterpiece of William Golding. With its medium size, the author exerts his imagination and creativity, and successfully produces plenty of vivid and appropriate symbols, which…show more content…

Thus he matches with the title of being a hero.

2) Archetype of demon
The antagonist in this novel, Jack, is the archetype of demon. Jack is described by Golding as “tall, thin, and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness. Out of this face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn, to anger” (251). His eyes are always used in the novel to depict his emotions, as they are above. His appearance leaves a bad impression on our readers. He seems to be crazy in hunting pigs, which turns worse and worse in a situation far away from the civilized society. Gradually, he becomes an animal without reason, so that sometimes he will disguise himself by the mixture of red, white and black dirt, like a barbarian. “In the beginning of the story Jack, still conditioned by the previous society he had been a part of, could not bear to kill a pig that was caught in the brush. As the plot progresses he becomes less and less attached to any social norms” (Li Xin 104). As structure breaks down, Jack forms his own separate sect separating from Ralph and the rest of the group. In the end, he breaks Piggy’s glasses and leads the others towards Piggy’s murder. He brings the boys into mass hysteria and eventually hunts Ralph down like an animal. Not seeming to care about being rescued,

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