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Control In Lord Of The Flies

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Control is an important recurrence in the novel, as it shows we find comfort in knowing we contain the ability to establish structure and manipulate things at our own will. Without control, we do not have a sense of stability and we become lost; we find ourselves controlling something merely for the structure that power gives us. The conch is the first form of power, as it unites all the boys during assemblies. Ralph is the first to blow the conch, and that is how all of the boys find each other. The comfort brought from the authority of being summoned, as small of an authority as it may seem, had great impact on the boys. When all the boys meet at the platform, they want a leader and make the decision it should be Ralph, though “None of…show more content…
Some of the smaller children, when they first land on the island, begin to dream about a “beast” that haunts them in the night. When this is brought up at an assembly, Ralph rejects it, as do the other boys. Simon pipes up and suggests it may be “only us”. After this idea is challenged by the boys, Simon tries to explain, yet he “became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness” (Page 89). The beast is metaphoric of the crude feral nature within every human, though naturally more prominent in those who act on it willingly. Simon later encounters the Lord of the Flies (a pig’s head on a stick that Jack left as a sacrifice for the beast) who “speaks” to Simon while he is having a brain clot. The Lord of the Flies tells Simon that it is the beast, that it’s inside of everyone. “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!” (Page 143) it tells him, reminding Simon that to defeat the “beast”, or evil, within a person is impossible to physically accomplish. It’s as if everyone has a ticking time bomb of malevolence that is kept in check by our moral values and societal standards. When not kept in check, however, individuals with the tendency to act on said malevolence will slowly find the beast inside themselves surfacing. The dark part of every being can be instigated when provocative circumstances deem it so, and when encouraged by a group. We find comfort in numbers, and we tend to do things we wouldn’t normally find ourselves doing simply for the sake of the togetherness. Simon is killed through this very premise, when he stumbles upon the tribal dance of Jack’s hunters. During a storm that frightens the boys, Jack suggests doing their “dance”. What ensues is a ring of chanting and dancing, and the acting out of killing the “beast”, or in other cases, a pig. Simon
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