The Lord of the Flies
William Golding
Contributed by Karim Chandra
Motifs are devices or structures that are used by artists or authors to help in the development of a theme.
Biblical ALlusions
Some critics have noted several subtle biblical allusions throughout Lord of the Flies. For example, the island itself is sometimes likened to the Garden of Eden, whose beauty and purity is poisoned by human influence. Moreover, Simon’s character and fate resemble those of Jesus Christ, given their shared desire to save humanity by delivering it the truth. Simon’s conversation with the Lord of the Flies parallels the biblical story of Christ’s confrontation with the Devil, which also occurred in a jungle. Just as the Lord of the Flies goads Simon and tests his belief in himself and the other boys, so does the devil call into question Christ’s faith. Finally, the most obvious biblical reference is the novel’s title. Beelzebub, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, has been translated to mean “lord of the flies,” another name for evil or the Devil.
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