To address this task I shall explore Lord of the Flies' at three levels. Firstly I shall consider Lord of the Flies' at its narrative level, as a fictional story, with the aim to entertain a reader. Following from this I shall consider Lord of the Flies' in its literal capacity, as a piece of literature. In this I shall study the quality of the William Golding's language, aiming to breathe life into the narration, to create a vividly imaginative tale and to affect emotional responds. I shall finally consider Lord of the Flies' at an allegorical level, where Golding applies a set of characters, setting and actions to be symbolic of a set of meanings giving Lord of the Flies' an underlying significance beneath the surface of its narrative and literal levels. .
Lord of the Flies' can certainly be interpreted as a tale about the "vile nature of boys-. For, by temperament and demeanour the boys on which the story is based endorse this statement. .
The island that the pack of British boys' invades naturally resembles some act of God. However, by imposing an attitude of this belongs to us, the boys succeed in corrupting this into hell. In negligence the boys rage an anarchic fire, which eradicates the island to a burning wreckage, then they balefully heaved scree[s] of sharp stone, smash[ing] a deep hole in the canopy of the forest. Primarily the lack of restraint and order in the boys nature appears to be the main source of their offence; people don't help much' but are lazy and are dirty' in their habits, as in: we chose rocks as a lavatory now people use everywhere, they are self-indulgent as they devour double handfuls of ripe fruit' to satisfy their greed and are thoughtless in their actions of hurl[ing] themselves at' the sow, an act which lacks foresight. Gradually, tones of aggression invade the boy's behaviour. They lack respect for one another, for, with spiteful, derisive jeer[s]' the boys ridicule others as batty' queer' crackers' and fatty, as shown when, with malice, they began to shout [Piggy] down' to become the centre of social derision.