Savagery In Lord Of The Flies

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There are times when civilization is no longer relevant, and people are left to become savages. During World War II, British preparatory boys are deserted on a tropical island after their plane crashed. The boys are left alone with no one but themselves and are left with limited supplies. A government is implemented for organization, though the island the boys are on represent the world. Each older boy embraces a character, distinct from one another. As time elapses, their character of being civil vanishes into savagery as civilization it no longer there to enforce morality. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding develops the novel’s characters to represent human qualities and traits that are profound in every aspect of society. Intelligence…show more content…
Ralph’s character is symbolic and represents the authority of government, civilization, and leadership. “We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for laughing and falling off logs. Not for these thing. But to put things straight… We have lots of assemblies. Everyone enjoys speaking and being together. We decide things. But they don’t get done...Now there’s no water. Then there is hut. Shelters” (79). The assembly is a form of government to get things done and put forward. Ralph steps up to take initiative and be the leader of these projects. He is the authority of government by telling the everyone what is needed. At this moment, he attempts to have civilization by putting things together somewhat alike to the real world, by having a water supply and shelter. Ralph’s leadership and authority is the attempt to stay away from savagery. The act of being civil is demonstrated by Ralph trying to retrieve Piggy’s broken glasses. “At night, in darkness, and they stole our fire. They stole it. We’d have given them fire if they’d asked. But they stole it and the signal's out and we can’t even be rescued. We’d have given them fire for themselves only they stole it.” “We could smarten up a bit and then go.” “We ought to take spears,” said Sam. Even Piggy.” “You can take spears if you want but I shan’t.” (170). Even when there’s rivalry between dominance, the civil action of asking rather than…show more content…
One of Simon’s remarkable qualities is his spiritual perception. Simon demonstrates he has the knowledge to look beyond the obvious seeking truth when he communicates through the pig’s head to the devil. “What are you doing all alone?Aren’t you afraid of me? There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. Pig’s head on a stick. Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close. I’m the reason why it’s no go. Why things are what they are? This is ridiculous. You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there-so don’t try to escape.” (143). The significance of this quotes shows Simon is special and spiritual. His ability to communicate to the devil, tells him the the real beast is not an actual thing, it’s the evil inside yourself. Simon evaluates his interaction with the beast by not believing in the beast. However the boys continue their quest facing their fears, as they face their inner beast themselves. In addition, Simon’s poses an oblivion question stating the beast is the boys. “You Simon? You believe in this?” “I don’t know,” said Simon. His heartbeats were choking him. “But…” What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.” (89). Simon proposes the idea the beast is the boys. Simon’s suggestion suggests evil in humans exists, as human nature consists of evil. The beastie is not an outside force, but

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