Humanity In Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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Society and humanity can be sweet, sweet things, until they inevitably go sour. At least, this is how William Golding portrays the two in the book Lord of the Flies. Throughout history every conflict, big or small, has been based on disagreements. These disagreements are society's fatal flaw because it is nearly impossible to please everyone. Golding depicts society and humanity as brutal through murder, chaos, and the boys whimpering in the end. One of the many ways Golding portrays the downfall of the society and humanity is Through the murder of vital characters, like Simon and Piggy. These two characters were so important to the society, that once they were gone it began to completely crumble into pieces. For example, Alastair Niven writes,…show more content…
One of the first problems on the island was the first forest fire. As the fire blazed on, the children ran off to play games as if nothing was wrong, and then the fire drifted to the forest, creating a massive forest fire. Although a child may have died in this fire, they did not even see it as an issue, they actually ignored the fact. One of the only times they noticed it is when “the boys were falling still and silent, feeling the beginnings of awe at the power set free below them.”(Golding). After this, another huge conflict was when Jack tried to take over leadership from Ralph. This created so much chaos because of what Jack's mindset was over Ralph. Ralph represents civilization, democracy, and living by rules, so when Jack, who is a dictator with an instinct for savagery and violence took command, things got ugly. "He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling." (Golding 64). This displays just how unstable Jack is. He has no priorities, excluding hunting for blood. One of the ways Jack led the whole group to chaos is by starting a massive forest fire, for the single purpose of smoking out Ralph. This chaos and disorder shows just how brutal, amateurish, negligent, and inconsiderate the boys and their society had
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