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Lord Of The Flies Essay

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In this competitive era, everyone is eager to gain something. Positive attitude on satisfying desire can push one to achieve one’s dream, while radical and unsatisfied desire will ruin one’s humanity and take away one’s reason. “a contented mind is a continual feast” is a good suggestion about how to control ambitious. In Lord of the flies, it is their different attitudes toward how to satisfy their desire make them have different fates.
Field Marshal said, “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” When you set the fire of kind desire for power, your weapon is a shield, which protects your followers and saves your conscience. In an opposite way, the weapon can be a ...view middle of the document...

Who will join my tribe?” (150) Jack defines his group as a tribe, which symbolizes his uncontrollable cruel and primitive inside. Soon, he becomes obsessed in hunting and enjoys stimulation during devoting himself in tasks. The littluns’ supports also aggravate Jack to be insane and lose humanity. After killing Simon and piggy, Jack burns the whole island to kill ralph.
However, Power is a paradoxical problem. Sometimes even though the original intention is making orders, as environment changes, everything goes in a wrong direction and causes worse effects on both oneself and the public. First, Ralph makes rules and put everything in orders, he declares that whoever holds the conch shell will speak, and the others will listen silently until they receive the shell in their turn.  (32) He attempts to build up civilizations in a democracy society. Different, he realizes that with great power come great responsibilities. However in the wake of desire changes, his ambitions expand and lead him to forget his initial purpose. When Jack starts his hunting project, more and more starving kids choose Jack as their leader for the sake of food. Finding out he is losing his authority, Ralph becomes jealous and upset, which pushes him to lose identity. He begins to fear to make demands because he worries they will make the rest of boys leave him. He even fears to blow conch gradually, in case no one comes. In the last chapter, he holds the branch and attempts to fight with hunters and escape from that horrible jungle. In conclusion, action is controlled by desire, and desire is controlled by brain, so what do you want to harvest at last is up to you own.
Golding gives every main character a belief and everyone has different attitude to aspire after to truth. Simon is a vulnerable presence who is neglected sometimes. He reveals a kindness that no one else seems to possess. He finds for littluns the fruit others cannot reach(56), and he stops others blaming Piggy(42). Compare to his soft personalities, he is dedicated for pursuing truth. He is the first to suggest that there is no beast, “ maybe it’s only us”(89). He walks into jungle alone finds out that “lord of the flies” is a pig head that is put on a stick and climb the mountain to find that the “beast” is a pilot. Simon’s curiosity makes him close to...

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