Civil Disobedience In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Jack’s tribe is unquestionably innocent of civil disobedience. Jack’s tribe did contribute to the make-shift society on the island as well as the well-being of its inhabitants. After a long, hard day of hunting Jack comes back and provides his tribe with food, heat, and protection. He does this in an almost fatherly manner. “[Jack] even [stands] up and [waves] his spear to tell his tribe [to] take [Ralph and Piggy] some meat.” The fact that the tribe gave the very people who opposed them shows how they are good citizens and are not guilty of the crime they have been accused of. Not only does Jack provide food for his tribe, Ralph and Piggy. He also is providing protection for them in his own way: utilizing the pigs head. He thinks this will protect them and has the others interests in mind. It would be asinine to even consider that they are civilly disobedient.

Jack’s tribe is above suspicion on the topic of civil disobedience. As they did not break or ignore any laws. “[Jack] agree[s] with Ralph. [They]’ve got to have rules and obey them.” This shows that Jack’s tribe has a respect for the law and they intend to uphold it. The first rule was that “[they] shall look after [them]selves” which Jack’s tribe does very successfully as they are the ones to survive till the naval officer arrives. If anything Ralph’s group of
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Two or three boys cannot make a society, therefore leading to a dissolution of the rules that were present. If there were no rules in play, none could be broken. Even Ralph the ex-chief recognizes that he no longer has a tribe, “ ‘ Call an assembly?’ Ralph laughed sharply as [Piggy] said the word”. They recognize their lapse of society and realize that Jack’s tribe is now the main tribe. The obliteration of the Ralph’s society may not be the best thing but it does mean that Jack’s tribe cannot be held accountable. Therefore, they are innocent of the crimes they have been accused
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