Irony In Lord Of The Flies Essay

Essay on Lord of the Flies - Irony

619 WordsOct 15th, 19993 Pages

William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, used irony to tell his story of a group of young British boys stranded on a deserted island. The readers can clearly spot the irony in the dialogue and Ralph, one of the main character, is also aware of the irony in his situation. The irony in the novel forces the readers to step aside and think about the hidden meanings the author is trying to express.
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<br>The first example of irony occurred in chapter two. Jack says to the group of young, impressionable boys that "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages."(Golding 32)However, in the following chapters Jack is the leader of the tribe and encourages the boys to forget civilization and act upon their primitive…show more content…

He actually causes more problems. He is mistaken for the beast and causes more fear in the boys and drives them closer to becoming savages.
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<br>Piggy often says that they act like "a crowd of kids". He says to Ralph that "grownups know things. They ain't afraid of the dark. They'd meet and have tea and discuss. Then things ‘ud be all right". This is perhaps the best example of irony in the novel. It is because the adults could not get together and discuss their problems that they were stranded on the island in the first place. If they had been able to meet and discuss they boys would have never fleed their school and would have never been shot down, therefore avoiding ever being on the island.
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<br>William Golding used irony in Lord of the Flies as a way to make the readers step back and think about what he wrote. If he had not wrote the story with ironic twists and hidden meanings many people would miss the meaning of the book. The readers would be able to finish the novel without thinking about the issues that you are meant to ponder after reading Lord of the Flies, such as evil, spirituality, society, man versus the unknown, man versus himself and many other important themes in the

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One example of irony is that Jack says that they have to have rules.

"We've got to have rules and obey them.  After all, we're not savages."  (pg 42 - chapter 2)

The ironic aspect of this is that Jack becomes the leader of the savages that kill Piggy.  He becomes the head savage!!

A second example of irony is the fact that we never get to know the real name of the boy named Piggy.  Piggy is his nickname - something the school children called him to make him feel bad.  We only know him as Piggy.  The boys hunt pigs for food on the island, and they end up killing Piggy too.

A third example is when there is a clash between Ralph and Jack concerning leadership on the island.  Piggy says,

"Grownups know things.  They ain't afraid of the dark.  They'd meet and have tea and discuss.  Then things 'ud be all right." (pg 94- chapter 5 - end of chapter) .

Ralph replies "If they could only get a message to us.  If only they could send us something grownup" (pg 94)

Ironically, they receive a grownup, but he is a dead parachutist. He doesn't make things all right, he causes more fear then he gives comfort because the children think he is a beast.

The page numbers I have given are for my edition of the book.  I have tried to give chapters so that you can find the quotes. 

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