Lord Of The Flies Morality Quotes

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In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of stranded boys survive on an island with no adults, soon their sense of morality falls apart and violence takes place. The loss of morality causes the boys to break the rules and become violent. Eventually, the boys become uncivilized and stop caring about their actions. They get to a point where they disregard logical thought and resort to violence without reason. As the story progresses, the absence of morality causes violence to reign among the boys. As the boys’ sense of morality dissolves, violence is promoted among them. In the following quote, something involuntary within Roger stops him from hitting Henry, “Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, which he dare …show more content…

Eventually, the boys get to a point where all they want is violence. This following piece of evidence shows that the tribe dislikes Ralph and is even going to hunt him for no reason, “‘They hate you, Ralph. They’re going to do you.’ ‘They’re going to hunt you tomorrow.’” (Golding 188). Ralph is stunned and thinks about the morality and reasoning of this and is left confused. “‘But I’ve done nothing,’ whispered Ralph, urgently. ‘I only wanted to keep up a fire!’” (Golding 189). This proves that the cause of violence is low morality. The tribe wants to hunt Ralph even though he did not do anything wrong. In fact, all Ralph wants to do is get rescued which is something that not only benefits him but everyone else on the island. The boys on the island want to hurt Ralph solely for their own pleasure. Ralph does not share the violent beliefs of the tribe and because of this, he does not join them. However, because Ralph does not engage in the violent actions taken by the other boys, they target him. The reason Ralph is not violent is because his morality is still intact. This displays that as the violence increases in the boys, their sense of morality is

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