Lord Of The Flies

Lord Of The Flies

In viewing the various aspects of the island society in Goldings Lord of the Flies as a symbolic microcosm of society, a converse perspective must also be considered. Goldings island of marooned youngsters then becomes a macrocosm, wherein the island represents the individual human and the various characters and symbols the elements of the human psyche. As such, Goldings world of childrens morals and actions then becomes a survey of the human condition, both individually and collectively. Almost textbook in their portrayal, the primary characters of Jack, Ralph and Piggy are then best interpreted as Freuds very concepts of id, ego and superego, respectively. As the id of the island, Jacks actions are the most blatantly driven by animalistically rapacious gratification needs. In discovering the thrill of the hunt, his pleasure drive is emphasized, purported by Freud to be the basic human need to be gratified. In much the same way, Goldings portrayal of a hunt as a rape,
with the boys ravenously jumping atop the pig and brutalizing it, alludes to Freuds basis of the pleasure drive in the libido, the term serving a double Lntendre in its psychodynamic and physically sensual sense.

Jacks unwillingness to acknowledge the conch as

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