Fire Tragedy In Lord Of The Flies

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The book “Lord of The Flies” by William Golding is about a group of boys who are stranded on a remote island. These boys decided to take on the task of creating a society in which they can make their own rules and morals. The task of creating a society is complex; a society is comprised of structure, rules, and roles of people. These major components of such a complex system all teeter upon what these boys believe is right and wrong. When at first it seems as if they have done it and there is excitement and hope, but it all quickly falls apart. Through out the book there are lapses of time when nothing seems to be happening of importance but when in reality it is setting up something much greater. I will analyze the complex building process,…show more content…
Many of the boys are disappointed in the ones that were supposed to be watching over the single fire. This creates some of them to break apart and make competing groups that are not working together. In order for them to survive and thrive they need to work together for their survival. Breaking off into competing groups causes their survival rate to plummet. The boys lose sight of the greater purpose and that they need to work together if they want any chance of survival. instead they focus on their own needs and the mistake of others and differentiate themselves from them. The two groups begin acting in such a competing manner that it does not foster an environment for growth inside their society. Some of the more mature older boys recognize that, “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.” (Golding 91). When the form of a lawful world slips away all else will collapse on itself. A society is a fragile and complex system and is completely dependent on each individual value that it is comprised of, without one it will collapse. As time progresses the boys start to notice that their society/government is falling apart. Even though they can recognize this fact it does not help them restore their order. Some want to introduce a strict code of conduct, while others disagree. One of the boys ask a key question, “What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What’s grown-ups going to think?” (Golding 91). Even though those were very true and meaningful words the boys still did not listen and continued on with their own individual ways, tearing the society more and more

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