As part of human nature, we’re accustomed to following a set of rules to have an orderly and peaceful lifestyle. Usually, if those rules are disobeyed, destruction and disorder are bound to come our way. This act is prevalent in two stories, Beowulf and The Lord of the Flies, that were written centuries apart, but yet the concept of how ignoring rules can lead to the downfall of societies is common in both.
When Jack first came to the island, he was all dressed in a black chorus cap and outfit the only difference being he had a golden cap badge (16). He wanted law, order and peace amongst all the boys and wanted to help Ralph enforce the rules. He agreed with being civilized and not like animals. An example of this is when Jack says “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.” (42). Jack has a much different mindset than he does later in the chapter. As Jack walks about the island with clothes he is enlightened with common sense. However, later in the chapter Jack changes
He does not want to help out on the island to benefit them, he would rather go hunting trying to kill pigs. Jack declared himself as chief and lead the hunters. When he came across a pig he wanted to kill it but he held back because he had no hunting skills. His ambition to kill a pig built up in him that he did not take orders from anyone anymore and moved on. He created his own tribe just so he could hunt for “meat.” Given the thrill of "irresponsible authority" he's experienced on the island, Jack's return to civilization is conflicted. When the naval officer asks who is in charge, Jack starts to step forward to challenge Ralph's claim of leadership but is stopped perhaps by the recognition that now the old rules will be enforced. What Golding wrote in this book is a great example of how kids would act on an island by themselves with no adults. It would teach the readers good and bad examples on what to do on an island with no
In the novel, Lord of the Flies, over a dozen boys are stranded on an island with no adults and to fend for themselves. One individual in Jack Merridew, a boy who is turned cruel and ruthless, is being charged with 1st degree murder for the deaths of two boys, Piggy and Simon. First degree murder is characterized as deaths that a person committed was the individual either plans and commits the murder conscience of their actions. Jack is guilty of first degree and should be charged with 1st murder degree murder because of his direct involvement in Simon’s death, his dictatorial of leadership leading to the other boys’ savage behavior, and his disregard for human life.
The famous 17th century poet Jean de la Fontaine once said “Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.” When the children in Lord of the Flies find themselves stranded on a distant island with no adults to be found, they encounter many forms of power, hence encountering many forms of abuse of power as well. This power abuse can be organized by the two leaders who each ruled the island during their own periods. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding utilizes these leaders, Ralph and Jack, to illustrate how people in positions of power will abuse their power for personal gain when given the opportunity.
Leadership is something that stands out. Good leadership is always important. You always want to follow the strongest person in the group right? Well in the book called “Lord of the Flies” Ralph is a better leader than Jack. Some reasons include Ralph has a goal or clear vision of being rescued. Or that Ralph really communicates with the boys, and he is confident and dedicated to being the leader.
"This is a hunter's job." The rest of the boys watched intently. "I'm going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs!"(Jack referring to leaving Ralph and starting his own tribe)
In the beginning, relations between Ralph and Jack are not as hostile. When they explore their island, they appear to act like friends, fooling around and casually playing. They remain close throughout the first chapter. However, when Ralph is elected over Jack for chief
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is a novel that revolves around the concept of civilization versus savagery. The boys argue about points that eventually split the boys amongst themselves. These disputes come up multiple times over the course of the novel. One of which being the fight over the leader of the boys. Some believed the leader should be Jack while others believed it should be Ralph. Ralph was the leader of the civilized group, and Jack was the leader of the savage and bloodthirsty hunting group. Important arguments between the civilized boys and savage boys come up in three important moments throughout the book: when the signal fire is allowed to go out and a boat passes by the island, when Jack leaves the civilized group to create his group of savages, and when the savages steal Piggy’s glasses to make their own fire.
Jack had always been a jerk from the very beginning, but the longer they were on the island, the worse he became. His development from being stranded changed him for the worst. Ralph, Piggy, and the little ones, got more wisdom, got more
After World War II, people around the world were skeptical of everything: the government, their leaders, and society as a whole. Many were in a constant state of fear of nuclear annihilation. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, published in 1954, is believed to be a “political and historical allegory, even as a cautionary tale for the leaders of the world” (Henningfeld). The island is what the world would be like after nuclear annihilation, and the demise of the boys is what Golding is warning society about. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, is set in a society that has endured multiple atomic wars. Life is meaningless and death is nonchalant. The characters have no emotions or individual ideas. Bradbury makes his characters this way to warn people to not conform to society and to value life, love, and knowledge. Both Golding and Bradbury wrote their books as warnings to society. In Lord of the Flies and Fahrenheit 451, there is strong symbolism, biblical and historical allusions, and oppressive leaders to show that man is his own greatest enemy.
Where would we be without acceptance in the world today? All of us would be living in a society where everyone was frightened of being different. Barbara Jordan’s quote, “We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves”, mirrors the thought that acceptance is crucial in today’s ever-changing world. The two pieces of text that will be analyzed and related to the aforementioned quote are Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, and Texas vs. Johnson: Majority Opinion, which was written by Justice William Brennan. In the novel by William Golding, a group of schoolboys experience a plane crash and find themselves on an island in the middle of nowhere. Quickly, tensions soar as the dispute over power
Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding, an award winning Nobel Prize in Literature British author. William Golding was born on September 11, 1911, in Saint Columb Minor, Cornwall, England. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies that soon became published on September 17, 1954. In the story, two characters that have a lot of differences between each other are Ralph and Jack. Examples of some of their differences include the fact that Ralph is a leader, Jack wants to be in control of things, and they both have different goals they want to achieve on the island.
Throughout the story Ralph wants everyone to stay civilized, But alternatively Jack becomes obsessed with becoming the leader and starts to lose his way of society. Ralph tries to keep everyone in their right mind, but by the end of the story he realizes that people react differently and it is difficult to maintain society. Ralph tries to maintain the fire and keep it going additionally, he knows if he gives up the fire that he will start to think and act like Jack’s tribe. Golding lets us know that Ralph still tries to maintain society by saying, “He put the conch to his lips and began to blow. Savages appeared, painted out of recognition edging round the ledge toward the neck”(Golding 159). Jack starts off being able to hunt because he’s still an innocent child
Evil has always been evident, throughout the history of man examples of evil are apparent, so why would our literature be any different? Written in 1959 William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies is no different, as its theme explores the natural evils of man through the plot. The book tells of the events that occur after a group of young boys are marooned on an island, the main characters Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon, grapple with finding food and water while they struggle with the return of more animalistic instincts without the guiding hand of civilization. The intrinsic evil and unavoidable sins of man are are exposed through William Golding’s characterization and overlying themes in Lord of the Flies.