Since the very first attempts at establishing civilization, the human race has strived to keep their animal like instincts at bay. Thousands upon thousands have failed, and erupted into chaos, but why? In “The Lord of the Flies” by William Goldberg, a group of young boys is stranded on an uncharted island during the events of World War 2. They eventually turn on one another as they become entranced by the hypnotic curse of savagery. The theme of civilization vs. savagery plays an essential role in the text and it becomes clear that the savagery of humans is solely controlled by the rules and order created through civilization.
In William Golding's The Lord of the Flies, boys trapped on an island turn into deranged savages and kill each other after they fail to follow the rules of their made-up tribe. Cruelty is used by Golding as a way to communicate his theme which could be that cruelty is in nearly everybody, but civilization’s laws and control prevent that trait from prevailing. The author leaves some evidence of him trying to convey this theme throughout the book. A part of the book that shows this theme being shown would be the demise of Piggy and civilization.
In the novel, “Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding, the author conveyed numerous themes through various symbols. In this complicated and diverse novel, Golding brings out many ideas and uses literary devices, which added an another glimpse into the story. The main theme that Golding conveyed is the problems between the human urge towards savagery and the regulations of the civilization. Throughout the novel, the conflict more focuses on Ralph and Jack, where they both respectively represent civilization and savagery. There were lot of symbols that Golding used to achieve the particular effect on the readers.
In the midst of the 1950 's, the Cold War begins. While in that period, William Golding creates Lord of the Flies published in 1954. This is a novel about young school boys crash landing on an island. The boys on the island let the fear of something inside of them be in control. In the story, there are lots of events that take place and characters that take part.
In William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, it depicts the treacherous qualities of a man and the relation to the era of Golding’s time, Word War Two. The story proceeds to show the power of the human mind causing destruction on the island. Lord of the Flies is based on a group of young boys trying to place law and order on an island, in order for survival to occur. These young boys eventually turn into savages causing a tremendous amount of bloodshed. Golding wrote this book about a decade after World War Two.
Golding wanted to point out the elemental evil within all humankind. He desired for people to grasp that man was not truly good and without civilization, man would and will turn on one another. If you were to take all authority out of any given area, man’s true colors would be shown. At first, man would be held back by their civilized mindsets and characteristics but eventually brutality would take over. Lord of the Flies is just one story line as to how this could play out.
A corrupt civilization “Which is better- to have rules and agree or to hunt and kill?”(Golding,11.180) the question raised by Piggy is central to the conflict seen in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Civilization is of the utmost importance in maintaining a structured and orderly society. In the novel a group of young boys is marooned on an island that has been untouched by humanity. At first they try to maintain the ideals and structures of society, however, soon this ideal is corrupted and they descend into savagery and violence.
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies shows a story that covers a group of young boys who have crash-landed on a deserted island. One of the older boys, Ralph, is voted as chief of their group. Piggy is Ralph’s close advisor and a keeper of wisdom in the group. Jack Merridew is the leader of the hunters who were once a choir group. Throughout their troubles finding food and keeping a signal fire going for rescue, the boys have a civil war of sorts when Jack and his group of hunters split off from Ralph’s group.
Are humans born savages? Yes, humans are born savages; and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies proves this. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows the kids’ return to their natural state of savagery as they drift further and further away from civilization. Civilization is just a facade and inside each and every human there is the basic instinct of survival, and that drives the savagery within. Everyone is capable of stabbing, shooting, or murdering someone, however, everyone has their own trigger… for some, it might be jealousy or envy and for some, it could be pure anger.
The novel of Lord of the Flies uses the regression of main characters to show savagery and primitive human nature. This can perhaps best be seen in the development of Jack. During the first voyage into the jungle, he is unable to kill the pig with his knife; [Jack] raised his arm in the air. There came a pause, a hiatus… The pause was only long enough for them to understand what enormity the downward stroke would be; by the end of the book he is hunting human quarry.