Piggy And Civilization

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“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us”(89). In the beginning of the novel, a group of boys are stranded on an island without adults. They obey the regulations and rules set by the chief, Ralph. Ralph and Piggy find a conch shell that is used to call the boys to gather around for a meeting, which represents civilized environment created by Ralph. The boys turn into savages when Jack becomes absorbed with the thought of hunting and paints his face to disguise in the jungle. Because Jack is one of the most powerful boys, who seeks for power, his actions influence many other boys to replicate him. In the novel, Lord of the flies, Ralph and Piggy represent civilization, and Jack and Roger represent savagery. Ralph and Piggy represent civilization.…show more content…
Jack’s desire to hunt and kill lead to Simon's death. Simon discovers there is no beast on the island, because he realizes they assumed the pilot with his parachute as the beast. Simon decides to inform the other boys; meanwhile Jack and his crew members are having a feast. Ralph and Piggy came to the feast, so Ralph can have at least have a little control over the boys. Additionally, they start to dance and chant around the fire “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood"(152). Because it dark and the boys did not stop chanting, the boys think Simon is the beast. Therefore, Simon is killed in the feast, and the boys do not feel guilty about their actions. Roger is one of many boys who is influenced by Jack’s actions. Jack and a few of his crew members steal Piggy’s glasses to make fire. When Ralph and Piggy come to retrieve them, Ralph observes“High overhead, Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever”(180). Roger pushes a boulder where Piggy was standing; subsequently Piggy is killed. Jack’s obsession with hunting and killing lead to the separation of the boys, additionally Jack’s actions influenced other boys to act like him.
The boys being stranded on the island with no adult lead to loss of civilization within Ralph and Piggy, and the boys around them. Ralph and Piggy try to maintain law and order, but the innocence with them is lost. Additionally, Jack’s desire for hunting and blood kills Simon. Jack’s actions also reflect on Roger’s actions, which kills Piggy. Losing civilization amongst the group leads the boys to disrespect the society as a whole, and they will never be able to return to civilized boys there
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