Order And Balance In Lord Of The Flies

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In Lord of the Flies, William Golding emphasized the idea of order and balance through the way he decided to write his book. In the novel, a group of young boys land on a nearly deserted island after their plane crashed. As time went on, they boys had to learn to survive without the hospitality of their parents; however, to do so they first must have found a way to work together. This was unfortunately marred by certain characters need for power and control over the rest of the group. Through the boys’ actions and dialogue while on the island, Goulding expressed the idea that humans are ultimately “bad”. From the very beginning of Lord of the Flies, there were two evident splits between the boys, the “littluns” and the “biguns” and the sensible…show more content…
The two boys faced each other,” (Goulding 71). Ralph, the “elected” chief, and Jack, the leader of the hunters, argued over the fact that Jack let the fire go out and ruined their chance to go home. Jack believed they needed meat but Ralph found it more important to keep the fire going. Both sides made sense, but the boys didn’t work together and find a common ground which came with consequences. The boys knew they needed to work together as a group to be productive, but instead of doing so, they put their own needs and thoughts first. Goulding demonstrates through this specific circumstance that even in the most dire of situations, mankind will always put their needs before the needs of society as a whole. This is evident in the way the population of the Earth is treating their planet as of now. Earth is far off dying, but that doesn’t mean people should be treating it in the manner they are. The ozone layer above the Antarctic has…show more content…
Throughout the novel, there was a reoccurrence of physical actions that could possibly have lead readers to believe that humans are bad: “Viciously, with full intention, he hurled his pear at Ralph. The pointed toward the skin and flesh of Ralph's ribs, then sheared off and fell in the water,” (Goulding 181). At this point in the story, Jack had split off to form his own tribe and Ralph and his group were going back to the group to remind them of Ralph’s former authority and to try to work things out. Even though Ralph’s tribe wanted to extend an olive branch, jack’s tribe didn’t want to receive and instead turned against some of the only people they had seen in a very long time. The keywords in the quote are “with full intention” which demonstrates Jack’s lack of guilt towards hurting one of his own kind. A similar situation occurred recently in history. This occurrence was known as the Vietnam War. As with any war, it was many nations fighting against each other because of a conflict. The Vietnam War was fought between communist North Vietnam and the government of Southern Vietnam. The North was supported by communist countries such as the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. The South was supported by anti-communist countries, primarily the United States.* The war lasted a brutal 20 years and millions of people were killed because if it. Vietnam is one

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