Gender Roles In Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the Flies Gender Roles Essay An island set afire and two murdered boys are both incidents connected to a presumed beast referred to as the Lord of the Flies. Who lives on this island, men or children? Men in society are expected to be civilized, mature, and mentally and physically stable. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the boys on the island start out as men, then defy society’s expectations and become irresponsible and savage children. On the island being a man is a weakness. The boys have more power when they defy the expectations of men. Golding uses symbolism, dialogue, and characterization to illustrate drastic changes in the boys. In Lord of the Flies, Golding uses symbols and dialogue from the boys to express the societal views of men and how it distributes power. “’ I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking…”’ (33). Ralph explains how the boys will use the conch to create order. The conch is a symbol of civilization and stability. It starts out as a power and becomes a weakness. “’ I’ll tell you, I got the conch…’The rock struck Piggy…The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (181).…show more content…
“’We’ll have rules—lots of rules—then anyone who breaks’em’” (30). Jack meets expectations of men, he is civilized and mature enough to think of rules. Although Jack is meeting expectations currently in the novel, he is not chief, but as the novel develops he defies expectations and absorbs the power. “’ Who’s gonna join my tribe… I gave you food… so—who’ll join my tribe and have fun”’ (150). Jack is emotionally unstable and childish, yet he still wins power with meat, over Ralph and rescue. Jack’s ways are savage in sense that he uses meat to pull the boys away from being civilized and following Ralph to rescue. Through his defying acts Jack won the power he so deeply

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