Julie Rosario
European Literature
Ms. Sipars
November 27, 2012
Religious Allegory in Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies, which William Golding wrote in the early 1950s, shows the evil in all humanity. He uses the actions of the characters and setting to portray a religious allegory. The boys’ becoming savage is an example of the fall of mankind. The island is created in the likeness of the Garden of Eden; this is where the boys fall into their savage ways. The religious allegory portrayed in Lord of the Flies shows that the fight between good and evil is endless.
In the beginning of the book, a plane filled with English schoolboys crashes into an unknown island. Another representation is when one of the boys, by the name of Ralph, began to go down toward the lagoon with his school sweater taken off (Golding 7). This act represents the innocence of Adam and Eve’s nudity in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were considered innocent before they sinned. The act is also considered as the act of baptism, in which, you purify yourself. The same with the boys, they were considered both pure and innocent before they became savage and evil.
Ralph then becomes leader and goes with two boys, Jack and Simon, to explore the island. As they explore the island they see the beauty of the island. The island resembles the Garden of Eden from Genesis, with its amazing scenery, abundant fruit, and ideal weather.
As the book continues, the boys find out that there is a creature lurking around island. This creature is referred to as the “snake-thing”. In here Golding shows how the boys on the island soon became corrupt by fear. The “Beast” represents Satan in the form of a snake in the Garden of Eden. In a sense the boys were not like Adam and Eve because they did not mistaken it for an external force. They realize it was something inside them, such as, the evil that dwells in us.
Golding extends the Edenic allusion when he presents the contentment of island life as soon...

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