Argumentative Essay On Lord Of The Flies

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For anyone, being cast into a completely new area can be a very difficult thing to overcome. In his novel, The Lord of the Flies, William Golding tackles this idea head on. He uses the experiences of a large group of boys to describe the effects on humanity when a person is pushed away from societal standards. This is achieved through the stress of new and unknown tasks needing to be performed, as well as conflicting ideas being forcibly merged together by necessity. As the novel begins, the children have been recently introduced to the island. After finding each other, they quickly realize that there are two task needing to be accomplished to make certain that they will survive: finding food and creating a signal fire. Even though the kids are very enthusiastic about these tasks at first, they soon revert back to the playful and lazy natures of their true selves. They are on an island after all. The boys don’t want to spend all their time working, instead wanting to actually have fun, as they normally would. However, this soon becomes an issue. If a fire is not made, they will not be rescued. If food is not found, they…show more content…
However, they had one thing in common: someone always had power over them. This idea of being controlled caused the kids to immediately pick someone to lead them. This Chief, Ralph, helped to inform the kids of how they were to survive. Ralph, however, did not have the really power. The children knew that a ruler always had something special, something that set them up a step against the rest. For Ralph, it was a conch shell. The conch shell was a symbol of power, a way for the kids to have some normalcy in their lives, a way for them to feel at home on the island. Although, this remoteness from society caused Jack, the first of many, to reject the idea that they can be ruled. He left the ideas of society and order behind, wanting to do something for
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