Lord of The Flies

Lord of The Flies


‘Lord of the Flies’ is often checked out as the story of altering identities. The plot gives a chance to trace the procedure, in which several young boys develop into savage monsters on an isolated island. These changes do not take place over night, but are accompanied by a series of extensive ramifications, that make the story exceptionally sensible and mentor. In this essay I will turn my attention to exploring this process of losing identity and supreme human devastation. ‘Lord of the Flies’ is the narrative about the 3 identities, lost through violence, savageness, and inner ethical dispute.

Identity loss as the prominent theme of the book

The loss of identity amongst boys and their ultimate ethical devastation is the significant dispute of the book. Golding was exceptionally interested in examining the inner causes and problems of such identity loss. It is challenging to validate these irreversible modifications by external conditions in which the young boys found themselves, yet for somebody this justification might appear possible. The battle in between their freedom and self-discipline has ended up being the biggest difficulty the boys needed to deal with. In this battle self-discipline was tragically beat, providing location to wildness, ruthlessness, desolation and violence. The people are weak under the rays of freedom which are colored with unreason and the desire to injure. Those kids have become the brightest depiction of the traditional human identity, routinely exposed to temptations which it can not stand.

Ralph and his altering identity

‘Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.’1 Ralph’s presence on the island led him to the state when he might not manage his early impulses anymore. The impressive function of Ralph’s character in this story is that he experienced the loss of his identity twice: the first occurred when he appeared on the island, and the 2nd happened after he was chosen the leader and might not successfully hold that position. The change which occurred to Ralph might be linked to some magic spell of the island, but unfortunately this modification discovered its sensible explanation.

Ralph was a well-bred and disciplined young boy, however being on an island with no adults substantially contributes into his identity loss. He could not perform the role of the leader and fairly acknowledged the difficulties of being without moms and dads. The loss of his management identity made him recognize his ineffectiveness which he tried to compensate through ruthlessness and violence. ‘Ralph opted for the end of innocence, the darkness of male’s heart, and the fail the air of a true, wise pal called Piggy.’2 The minute when Ralph sees the officer and realizes that his life is conserved, becomes the conclusion of his devastation: he at the same time views the irreversibility of his change and the power of evil which exists in every human soul.

Jack as the symbol of release from previous identities

Jack is totally various from Ralph; he is not subjected to reflecting upon the anguish of his identity loss. ‘I’m terrified of him, which’s why I know him. If you’re scared of someone you hate him however you can’t stop thinking about him. You kid yourself he’s all ideal truly, an’ them when you see him again; it’s like asthma an’ you can’t breathe.’3 In his identity loss and destruction Jack has surpassed affordable steps, making the other young boys scared of him.

He has shown his ill nature to the fullest. Through his example, the reader exposes the awful truth: human evil does not have any measures. The mask which he utilized in searching, in reality was ‘a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from embarassment and self-consciousness.’4 He was unreasonable sufficient to require ignoring his leadership, which broke among the significant human principles, and resulted in disorder and freedom to fight with each other.

Piggy: an awful victim of his identity loss

Out of the three significant characters, Piggy is the most civilized, and the most significant victim of the identity loss amongst the kids. This might put a contradictory tint onto the whole conversation: the reader threats thinking that factor can not lead to any positive outcomes. Yet, this presumption is misleading. Piggy’s age and look (glasses, in specific) turn him into an outcast from the start. His identity is lost through the efforts of others: he is called fatty, and he is mocked on for using glasses. These glasses are inseparable from his identity, as they let him enjoy the world in its true colors.

As soon as they are taken by other young boys to make the fire, he understands that loss of sight and identity loss are synonymic. The loss of his identity has not led to devastation: it has resulted in his death that made him the victim of those who had lost their identities previously. ‘How can you expect to be saved if you do not put very first things initially and act correct?’5 The terrible character of Piggy’s identity loss is that it did not originate from Piggy’s character but was urged by other’s ruthlessness. He was the only person who lost his identity through his death.


The process of identity loss causing devastation starts from the moment kids appear on the island. They do not display any strivings towards saving themselves, however choose swimming in the lagoon. They hide their faces behind the masks, and conceal from awareness, pity, and reason. Their education is developed into primitiveness– the brightest indication of identity loss. Trying to kill the boar and dancing around it in the blood dance is the scene at which transformation into savages and as an outcome, identity loss is completed. There is no way back towards being civilized. The gradual destruction which all young boys experienced broke all connections with their previous world. The look of the officer on the island has indicated total destruction of the kids’ moral identity.


GOLDING, William, Lord of the Flies, Penguin Non-Classics, 1999.

1 W. Golding, Lord of the Flies, Penguin Non-Classics, 1999, p. 103.

2 W. Golding, Lord of the Flies, Penguin Non-Classics, 1999, p. 184.

3 W. Golding, Lord of the Flies, Penguin Non-Classics, 1999, p. 83.

4 W. Golding, Lord of the Flies, Penguin Non-Classics, 1999, p. 55.

5 W. Golding, Lord of the Flies, Penguin Non-Classics, 1999, p. 38.

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