Powerful or Powerless The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an interesting novel that shows many different circumstances that happen to civilization, for better or for worse, through the actions of children. Ralph, the main character, opens the novel up with Piggy. The two boys are strolling through the woods on this island that they have been stranded on. They had survived a horrible plane crash, fleeing the land that they came from, hoping to find somewhere safer to stay. From their knowledge, there were no adults that survived this crash, but there were other boys on the island that they have yet to meet.
The book of Hatchet written by Gary Paulsen is a story about surviving in the wild as alone. Through his story, Gary Paulsen tells the readers that big courage need in every hard situation. The story begins when the plane fell from virtue. While Brian Robeson, thirteen years old, is going to his father who divorced with his mother, The pilot in the plane died by a heart attack. Despite, he tried to put down the plane instead of the pilot, the plane made a emergency landing at one lake, located in the forest.
Led by Ralph, the boys set rules, hold assemblies and assign jobs. However, as their time on the island grows most boys drift away from their civilized origin. Eventually, one of the older boys named Jack creates his own tribe of bloodthirsty savages that were once innocent schoolboys. This contrast between the influence that the isolation of the island has on Ralph and Jack is accurately represented by Leonard Sydney Woolf quote that “anyone can be a barbarian; it requires terrible effort to be or remain a civilized man”. The passage relates to the theme of savagery in Lord of the Flies through Ralph’s struggle to lead the boys in remaining civilized and Jack’s fall into a life of savagery.
In the book of Lord Of The Flies by William Golding, there are boys that are stranded on an island because of a plane crash. Although the boys attempted to copy their british government they failed. Because of the children's young age, the society that they established is doomed to fail because children can not maintain a society based on authority and interpersonal respect. This is demonstrated throughout the book by the varies of death, the breaking of the conch shell, and the theft of glasses. In the Lord of The Flies there are two significant deaths that demonstrates that children do not understand the value of life.
After Sammy begins to quit Lengel states the recklessness of this decision. Thinking to himself, “it's true I don't. But it seems to me once you start a gesture it's fatal not to go through with it” Sammy realizes his heroic gesture isn't worth it, but once you start something you can't stop in the middle. Sammy takes off his apron, folds it and places it on his third counter slot. Watching with astonishment, Lengel says, “‘You'll feel this for the rest of your life.’” Sammy’s decision is stated by all as a terrible mistake.
¨Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.¨ (Will Durant) In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the quality of society's morals depends upon the moral nature of its leader: Someone inclined to chaos and who rules with fear does not create a sustainable system. The boys are all stranded on the island with no adults, they try to make a sustainable and non fearless government system, the government system falls, and made Jack turn ‘evil’ and go his unsustainable government system way. When Jack starts to lose his innocence, he put some clay on his face to show that he was starting to turn to the chaos or the party side of things. “He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself, but at an awesome stranger.”
When Jerry died, he was also on a British prison ship, died from Cholera like Life, but wasn't buried or was waiting to be claimed. He was put into a body bag with rocks and thrown into the ocean, sinking without anyone knowing. This was the second death in the novel, but most strange due to him being so little and innocent. For Tim, this made him wonder why people would do this, especially to a kid like Jerry. This induces Tim’s decision to become neutral in the war even further.
Later on in the story, Leper decides to join the secret society by jumping from the tree. “Elwin ‘Leper’ Lepellier has announced his intention to make the leap this very night, to qualify, to save his face at last.” (Chapter 4, page 22). He hangs out with the guys sometimes and even helps them develop the game of Blitzball (Chapter 3, page 16). Leper usually stayed by himself and did his own hing, like skiing during the winter session trying to find a beaver dam (Chapter 7, page 9). He does his own thing, until he decides to join the army.
"It is strange that all of this is still so clear to me, now that the summer has long since fled and time has fled its way. A grindstone stands where the bleeding tree stood, just outside the kitchen door, and now if an oriole sings in the elm, its song seems to die up in the leaves, a silvery dust. Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy ever had"(416). In the story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst the narrator wanted a brother that he could wrestle and run with but, Doodle was handicapped and the narrator was embarrassed. The narrator causes Doodles death by getting him too excited, pushing him too hard, and leaving Doodle when he knows how bad his condition is.
The suitors all get furious with Odysseus, and Antinous personally humiliates Odysseus with the phrase “filthy drifter”. In addition, it says that Odysseus spoke with “modest words” which shows that he was being humble and not bragging about what he can do. This shows a transformation in Odysseus’s character compared to earlier in the book, where he was prideful and bragged about his accomplishments.
As the rivalry between Ralph and Jack became greater the conch and the idea of civilization became so insignificant that they vanish. This is the point in the book where the conch shatters and piggy dies. As a character Piggy represents the real world. He understands how things work and is always questioning the way things happen. Piggy is a very static character
Over time, their previous life begins to disappear, and with that comes this barbaric side that brings chaos and destruction. Once the boys accumulate, they vote for a chief, electing Ralph, as he is in possession of the conch who brought them together; "There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch." (Goulding 22). The conch has given Ralph authority and sets him apart from the other boys. When they get out of hand, all Ralph has to do is remind them who is in power; ”You voted me for chief.