Savages Lord Of The Flies Character Analysis

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Savages Sweep Society “‘Just an ordinary fire. You’d think we could do that, wouldn’t you? Just a smoke signal so we can be rescued. Are we savages or what?’’’ (170). The novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, takes place in the midst of the Cold War, when some boys find themselves stranded on a deserted island because their plane crashed, with no way of returning back home, which leaves them only with hope. A couple of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, find a conch shell drifting to shore, so Ralph blows in it to round up the rest of the boys who are scattered amongst the island. Everyone, besides the choir boys (who vote for Jack), vote for Ralph to become their chief/leader. Later, Jack turns into a savage and starts his own tribe, taking…show more content…
The boys on the island had the opportunity to choose who they wanted to become their leader. Later in the novel, the majority of the boys chose to switch and follow Jack because they wanted to hunt and kill pigs. Jack had led them all to become savages and to obliterate their civilized side, however, in the end, it was up to each individual boy if they wanted to continue to follow Ralph, a civilized leader, or to follow Jack, a savage leader. Jack’s tribe is filled with a bunch of savages, who are trying to kill the “beast” on the island, but instead of killing the beast, they accidentally kill one of their own boys, Simon. Jack tries to cover it up, “‘I expect the beast disguised himself…’ The tribe considered this; and then were shaken, as if by a flow of wind. The chief saw the effect of his words and stood abruptly” (161). The boys first decided to choose that a beast existed on the island, and then they decide to agree with Jack that the beast was disguised, however, deep down inside of them, they knew that they murdered one of their friends. Jack plays off of their fear because it is a powerful tool that he uses to his advantage to control society. Contrary, people’s choices are controlled by society because society judges people about every flaw. In today’s society, a moose was hauled out to a U lab, but researchers are now trying to save the moose because, “Moose are a key measure of the forest’s health —…show more content…
Leaders often make the rules, but they can also lead by example through the choices they make. Leaders often control society because they tell their followers the difference between right and wrong. Ralph has more of a civilized mindset, who thinks of ways to try and be rescued, such as, “‘We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire’” (38). On the other hand, Jack has more of a savage mindset, who is obsessed with hunting and killing the pigs on the island, as seen when he successfully kills his first pig, “‘There was lashings of blood,’ said Jack, laughing and shuddering, ‘you should have seen it!’” (69). In today’s society, Barack Obama could have had some sympathy votes to become the nation’s leader because he would be the first African American president of the United States. The next presidential race is coming up, and people are starting to realize a few things, “But over the course of this campaign, it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board. Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply” ( Society has shaped Obama to become a leader of our nation because what society wants is usually what ends up happening, such as
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