Lord of the Flies as a Religious Allegory

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There are many ways to read Lord of the Flies. To some it is simply an adventure story about a group of boys stranded on a desert island, others interpret it, and see the boys as metaphors for important aspects of our everyday lives. Several different theories have been presented, claiming to explain Golding's symbolism. What many seem to have overlooked, is that the answer is right there in front of them. It is in …

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…The half shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynisism of adult life. The Lord of the Flies says Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill...I'm part of you...I'm the reason why it's no go...Why things are what they are. What Golding is saying is that the Devil is hidden somewhere deep inside of all people. Without morals, law and order it will eventually surface and come out.