The boys immaturity of living in the fantasy results in frivolous behavior throughout the start of the book. In the beginning, Ralph tries to establish order by letting the boys vote on rules and on him being chief. As chief, Ralph constantly micromanages the group of boys in order to sustain his power. When things don’t exactly go his way he tries to belittle the boys by reminding them that “[He is] chief..” and of the fact that they voted for him(23). Also, when the littluns (younger boys) start the rumor of a possible terrifying creature, Ralph gets angered and tries to prove his dominance by asserting that “‘..there isn’t a beast!’”(37).
When Ralph and Piggy are saying there is no monster Jack is yelling at the same time there is a beast and he will provide protection from it. For young boys whom some are no older than six protection from the big scary beast is very appealing. Even the boys who leave Ralph for Jack still feel guilty because they choose to not elect Jack they keep Ralph but then they slowly leave when Ralph doesn’t know. They know Jack is bad yet they still make the conscious decision to abandon Ralph’s leadership. This is point at which they go from boys to savages.
Father Flynn gets very defensive and works very hard to defend his case to Sister James, which seems like he is trying to get more people on his side. This is almost too much effort to just keep his reputation and prove his innocence. He also leaves the parish when Sister Aloysius claims to have contacted his old parish. Sister Aloysius never truly did this, however Father Flynn still left. The fact that he left when she brought up his old
“Power is dangerous. It attracts the worst and corrupts the best.” When the young boys first gathered after the crash, they were civil, mostly well behaved boys until the need for power took advantage of them. Two crucial symbols from the novel are the sow’s head and the conch shell. Each of these symbols represent power however, their powers have different meanings. Consequently, the demand for power thrived on their souls and drove them to their breaking points.
(Golding 67) By using this quote, Golding explains the major distinction of a rich environment in which the boys had come and lived in as compared to living on a deserted island. He also expresses how it affects and changes the actions of the character. In all the boys, Ralph is one of boys who changed the least by comparing his character in the beginning and in the end. In the beginning, Ralph is a boy, full of hope of being saved, who used the conch to call meetings to converse about the many roles the boys should take on. By the end of the novel, Ralph lost all hope and was ready to be killed just before the officer
Okonkwo was one of the most famous and fearful member not only of his clan in Umuofia but other nine villages as well. He worked hard to become a renowned and prosperous member of his clan and to break away from the legacy of his father Okoye who was referred to as ‘agbala’, a man who has not won any title and was another word for woman. Okonkwo was not an evil man but his life was dominated by fear of weakness and failure which made him extremely violent and aggressive. He hated everything associated with his father- music, gentleness and laziness. But much to the anguish of Okonkwo, Nwoye embodied most of his grandfather’s traits and this enraged Okonkwo deeply.
In this case it is going against Ralph. Since everyone is made to go against Ralph, he feels secluded from everyone else. Towards the end, Jack and his tribe are on a manhunt to find Ralph and kill him. Ralph, thinking miserably of the near future, feels “fear and loneliness goading him” (Golding 210), revealing his isolation from the group due to Jack’s power. Since nobody is there to help or comfort Ralph, he feels
Ever so big. He saw it”(Golding,35) Innocence was the first one to see the beast, not an actual animal, but the beast that exists inside every human, and every boy on the island. The boy could not comprehend what he is seeing, so there, the idea of a beast on the island was born. Innocence means freedom from sin or moral wrong. In Lord of the Flies terrible things happened, starting with the fire that killed many littluns.“The boys looked at each other fearfully, unbelieving...Beneath them, on the unfriendly side of the mountain, the drum-roll continued”(Golding,46).
Jack persuaded the other boys to make a fire to scare away the beast. This shows Jack’s willingness to secure power. When people have the opportunity to hold the “conch,” they are able to transform into severe savages, disregarding civilization’s moral beliefs. In general, this can be noticed in politics, taking into account that conservative parties regularly want to preserve hierarchy, not wanting to change social status, by imposing tax breaks for corporations and the elite. Specifically, at the start of the book, Ralph wanted the choir to serve under his command, but Jack persuaded Ralph to lead his own group.
Jack made the boys believe his “rituals” are controlling all the beasts on the island. Which frightened the boys and eventually forces them to do what Jack wants. The boys turn out to be savages under Jack 's control and the conch’s importance is broken down. Which is a result of civilization being destroyed. Since the coach 's role is to allow all the boy 's opinions to be heard.