Lord of the Flies

what does golding suggest about human destiny


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I think things are pretty bleak as far as our destiny is concerned. The moment the boys murder Simon, Golding completes his analogy of fallen man. Much of this book can be seen as a Biblical allegory where man is inherently flawed. The boys have a dark side. Given a choice they freely gravitate towards it. Simon, Golding's Christ figure, tries to save them by telling them the truth about the Beast. For this they ironically mistake him for the beast and kill him. Then they kill Piggy. They were about to kill Ralph before Golding abruptly stops the story. If we ignore Golding's Deus Ex Machina, the boys would eventually destroy each other. That is our destiny. Golding summed it up when Simon thought of the beast and saw man "at once heroic and sick".