Simon Who is sweet, kind, helpful Who loves time to himself, helping the other boys, and cheering the other boys up Who feels stressed, hopeful, and sometimes scared “You’ll get back to where you came from.” Who needs time alone, to better express his opinions, and to find a way to get off of the island Who gives hope, help, and inspiration “What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.” Who fears public speaking, the Lord of the Flies, and the evil of mankind Who would like to see the other boys be able to get off the island Who shares his time with the people who need his help Who is seemingly the only character who doesn’t fear the beast “I’ll go if you like.
Machiavelli said it best in his book The Prince, "It is Better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. " The main characters of The Lord Of The flies by William Golding, Jack and Ralph, both share the similar goal of becoming leader. As Jack being feared and Ralph being loved, throughout the book you perceive that being feared as a leader maintains order, causes stability, and embodies a sense of respect. Love comes, and it goes. The fact that it's fickle causes it to be an untrustworthy ground to build leadership on.
In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph and Jack clash constantly over maintaining a mimicry of a proper English societal structure or discarding it in favor of a more wild and chaotic way of life. Golding uses Ralph to represent the civilization the boys left behind; for all intents and purposes, Ralph represents nurture. Throughout the book he is swayed by the call of the wild, but remains tethered to the idea of rescue and upholding the societal standards previously taught to him. ‘Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh.
Naturally, people portray freedom as a good thing, but is it really good? In “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, the theme of civilization and savagery is discussed and it becomes clear that rules and laws restrict human behavior, without it humans take advantage of freedom. In this book, young boys are evacuated from Britain in World War II. Their plane gets shot down and they all become stranded on a desert island. On this island they have lots of freedom but it affects them negatively, they become estranged from civilization.
In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, because of three defining moments, Jack changed the most out of all the boys. The first of the moments that changed him occurred in the beginning of the novel on page 23 when Ralph was chosen to be the chief of the boys instead of Jack. Jack was upset at not being chief, but he still took a position of leadership by making the choir boys the hunters and volunteering to be in charge of them. Ralph says “Jack’s in charge of the choir. They can be-what do you want them to be?’’
Humans, according to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, are selfish by nature. In his landmark work, Leviathan, he explains the importance of a strong government in society. According to Hobbes, without a strong system of government people would revert into a primitive state; war would run rampant, the natural law would not be abided, and those once tamed by society would become evil. William Golding based his novel, Lord of The Flies, on a similar idea. In this novel, many characters digress from civility into savagery.
Rainsford becomes the new general of ship trap island. There are many theories to explain why this is true like he is more violent throughout the story and he is very similar to General Zaroff. Rainsford becomes the new general of Ship Trap island because he becomes more violent over the course of the story. “ ‘Do not make me condone cold-blooded murder,’ finished Rainsford stiffly.
Throughout the centuries knowledge can be in various ways be claimed to be the key component to developing a strong civilized society. This can be demonstrated in the novel Lord of the Flies, throughout the novel, this certain concept of knowledge is present, especially when the group of boys decide to use perhaps one of the most symbolic objects in the book, the specs that belonged to Piggy to create a fire that was used to signal any kind of ship or plane. “‘Piggy! Have you got any matches?’ … ‘His specs-use them as burning glasses’” (36).
What would life be without evil in the world? Many optimists believe there is an inherent goodness gifted to all people at birth and fundamentally embedded in us that dictates our actions, but the reality is exactly the contrary. People are evil, not because of a desire or choice but out of absolute necessity on account of none of the things we enjoy today would be available or even invented without some evil. Evil, within limitations and with restrictions, is productive for a group of people. Society, with all its art, culture, music, and glory, was created because there was evil present and now works to destroy its very creator through police departments and social initiatives.
The quote found in chapter six of “Lord of the Flies” impacted me greatly because Jack desires to violate the order set by Ralph which was adapted in order to maintain balance between the young men on the isolated island. Also I became amaze by the manner in which Jack wanted disrupt the balance that have been able to accomplish by Ralph. In this quote, one can observe the symbolism of the conch which is power and authority. However, Jack have the ambition to break or overpower the force of authority the conch illustrates. Furthermore, one can also predict that in the future Jack will break the order set by Ralph since from this moment he is not believing that everyone have equal rights of giving their word.