Civilization In Lord Of The Flies

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The Lord of the Flies by William Golding depicts how civilized human beings when put in certain circumstances can transform themselves into primitive savages. The longer the boys are isolated from civilization, the more apparent the degradation of themselves and each other becomes. Coming from a lifestyle of routine and civility, they try to recreate that sense of routine and civility by establishing rules and voting for a leader right away. “Seems we ought to have chief to decide things...let 's have a vote.” (pg 22) “There aren 't any grown ups. We 'll have to look after ourselves.” (pg 33) They realize that they will have to work together to survive without the help of adults. They are still innocent young boys when they arrive on the island, so their main concerns are getting rescued and having fun.”In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy. No grownups!” (pg. 8) This also explains why the boys dislike Piggy, he acts as a responsible and adult-like figure, which threatens the boys primitive instincts. In the beginning, the boys are still more accepting of rules due to the fact that…show more content…
It continued to get worse, Jack began to paint his face when hunting, almost like creating an alter ego “Jack was standing under a tree about ten yards away. When Roger opened his eyes and saw him, a darker shadow crept beneath the swarthiness of his skin; but Jack noticed nothing.” (pg 63) The way that Jack looked frightened the others, but Jack had no issue with that. When he saw his reflection in the coconut shell he was satisfied with the fact that he no longer looked like himself, he was no longer civil, but a true savage and when Jack put the mask on, not only did he hide his shame of letting the fire burn out, he released the beast onto the island. “ He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling… the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and
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