From Schoolboys To Savages Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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From Schoolboys to Savages It’s midday and the sun is beating down so intensely, you’re desperately searching for somewhere to escape, but you can’t. In the distance is the sound of voices shouting, searching for you. TRANSITION BETTER? In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a band of British schoolboys become stranded after a plane crash, free from adult rule. When their attempt at democracy goes awry, forces turn against each other and Ralph becomes wanted by the new savage chief, Jack. As the boys try to survive, they must work to satisfy their basic needs, at any cost. The thirst for power can drive a person to do many things. In Lord of the Flies, it is this thirst which compels Jack to take over chief position, and rule as a…show more content…
This proves to be a challenge, when his cautious personality and physical appearance get in the way of him fitting in. When they first meet, Piggy shyly asks Ralph if he and the others wouldn’t “‘call [him] what they used to call [him] at school… Piggy’” (Golding 11). As a response, Ralph bursts out laughing and begins to call him Piggy. However, Piggy dismisses Ralph’s behavior and accepts the name, illustrating his willingness to conform under the others. During Ralph’s reign, Piggy becomes an assistant, agreeing with Ralph on many matters, besides what his “auntie” might think. Although intelligent, Piggy lacks the ability to stand up for himself, especially to Jack. When his “specs” are stolen, Piggy wails for Ralph, who comes to his defense by saying, “‘You pinched Piggy’s specs… you’ve got to give them back’” (Golding 176). By calling for Ralph’s help, Piggy’s frailty is exposed, showing how weak he is against the others and the reason he never truly belongs in their group. To belong can be a difficult goal to obtain, when it goes hand in hand with the need to feel

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