Summary Of Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Written by William Golding, Golding brings Lord of the Flies where a band of young British boys are stuck at an island and soon see the dark side of them and transforms them into savages. As savergey takes over, the children’s thinking begin to change as their fate of being rescued begins to dwindle. Golding is able to display the power of rules and impulses towards savagery, and how civilization can be discarded. With the kids having their parents away becoming used to a civilization that doesn’t enforced rules makes their natural instincts comes alive. The reader can see that savagery and civilization are two strong forces that integrated into the Lord of the Flies. Ralph’s desire of a civilized utopia is in direct contrast to Jack’s desire…show more content…
Golding also shows how different people can be influenced of the instincts of civilization and savagery. Piggy and Roger is an example by how they are in the same condition, but Piggy has no savage intentions meanwhile Roger seems barely controlling himself. The signal fire in the novel shows the reader that there is still life or hope. If the signal fire was to be out, then all hope is gone. The signal fire became a test to the boys' connection with civilization. The “Beast” give the children frightens all the boys, this gives the readers a symbol for the instinct of savagery. As their savagery grows, their belief in the beast grows stronger “Beast” grows, "There was confusion in the darkness and the creature lifted its head, holding toward them the ruin of face."1 As the boys begin making it sacrifices and treating it as their leader, the boys' behavior is what brings the beast into reality, so the more savage the boys become, the more real the beast seems to be. After Simon discovers, the severed pig’s head, Lord of the Flies, Simon believes that it is talking to him and telling him about how evil lies within every human heart. In “On Symbolic Significance of Characters in Lord of the Flies’’, Mr. Li compares Simon with Jesus Christ,” With the knowledge of human evil, Simon seems to have consigned…show more content…
At first, the civilization is still intact with boys but as the novel progresses on, the boys develop a savage trait and their sense of civilization begins to dissipate. Jack and Ralph’s opposite mindsets are shown in the novel like the right to speak during meeting, when the group hunts pigs, the struggle over Piggy’s glasses, and finally with Simon’s death. Jack felt that without rules, a person is free to do whatever he desires, which exposes their true nature and it is almost if he does not know the difference between rights and wrong. Savagery and civilization is the common theme for the novel and as these two strong forces clash so do the boys. Ralph’s attempt to civilized the island is overtaken by the savagery that Jack holds. Ralph and Jack’s differences creates a rivalry that ultimately establishes that man cannot be civilized without rules and regulation, thus no civility allows man to connect to their savage instincts. Civilization vs Savagery, two competing impulses that exist within all human beings; startling, brutal, and truthful picture of the human nature; Golding is able to take young boys and channel the savagery that exists in each person, showing that civilization is gone once law and order is lost
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