Civilization In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Since the very first attempts at establishing civilization, the human race has strived to keep their animal like instincts at bay. Thousands upon thousands have failed, and erupted into chaos, but why? In “The Lord of the Flies” by William Goldberg, a group of young boys is stranded on an uncharted island during the events of World War 2. They eventually turn on one another as they become entranced by the hypnotic curse of savagery. The theme of civilization vs. savagery plays an essential role in the text and it becomes clear that the savagery of humans is solely controlled by the rules and order created through civilization. The strongest example of order containing savage instincts is shown through the character of Roger as the fall to brutality is built up over the slow realization and awareness to the lack of rules. Roger is initially under the influence of civilization as when he attempts to cause harm by throwing rocks at a littlun “there [is] a space … into which he dare not throw. Here … [is] the taboo of old life” (65). At this moment the remains of old life haunt Roger and keep him from unleashing his chaotic nature. The inner conflict that involves him withholding himself from hurting others is challenged as he not sure if it is just morally wrong or because it is only looked down upon. These restrictions begin to fade away however, as the…show more content…
In “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding the buildup of savage behavior is present because the boys are not capable of creating an effective leadership, punishment for one another, and enforced rules. Throughout the novel Roger goes unpunished for his sadistic behavior, Ralph is constantly overtaken by Jack, and the conch is repeatedly ignored. Civilization and its rule are a desperate need for humans, when we don’t have them to support us, we end up as the one thing we all fear:
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