Barbarism In Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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When isolated from civilization, humans are no longer bound by the moral shackles of society and must adopt a slightly different, yet still regimented lifestyles to maintain order. The work of realistic fiction Lord of the Flies by William Golding conveys the idea that all humans are inherently evil and that the descent to barbarism is inevitable. In the book, a plane is shot down and crashes onto an island. The pilot is dead, but a small group of boys survive. They attempt to survive and stay civilized, but the evil that Golding believes resides in all humans takes over which results in the majority of the group falling to barbarism. Jack, an imperious, hot-headed choir boy is one of the first to descend into barbarism. On the other hand,…show more content…
Due to Jack’s thievery of the glasses, Piggy and Ralph confront the savage tribe. Jack, the leader of the savages, argues with the two. After a while of them arguing, Piggy states “I got the conch!”(180). The conch in the beginning of the book is a conch shell which a person in the group held if they wanted to talk. The whole group, even the savages, listen to him. He asks the savages: “Which is better, law or rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?”(180). The whole tribe then goes into a frenzy. Even though there is clear choice they still argue, further evidence of their degeneration. The glasses broken, and now stolen shows how tainted the once innocent children have become. They’re more than just savages, they’re primitive, animalistic, and their behavior is beyond comprehensible in a civilized society. Then, the degenerates that are up the cliff heave a huge stone down the cliff where Piggy is. “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee”(181) Now the owner of the glasses has died and the boys are no longer civilized. Everything that has happened in this terrible scene was because of the
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