Savagery In Lord Of The Flies

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During the World War 2, when an airplane evacuating British boys from a war zone crashes on an unknown Island, where there is no adult supervision and the boys are to create their own society. Golding does not give the exact location of the Island, but the reason he must have picked the Island as the location for the boys is because an Island is isolated from the rest of the boys. The little ones and the older boys are away from the rest of the civilization, therefore are supposed to survive on the Island. Life on the Island at the beginning was very fun and exciting, there was freedom but eventually the orders that they created to keep them going eventually break down. The boys at first were civilized and created order in their society but…show more content…
Throughout the novel, the conflict is exaggerated by the clash between Ralph and Jack, who respectively represent civilization and savagery. Jack represents savagery while Ralph represents civilization as we can see that from their acts and the kind of leadership the both of them have. Ralph is more of a person who like order and on the other hand Jack is more of anarchy. In chapter 11 when Ralph stands up and tries bringing back some order in the society and tries gaining back control over the other boys that did not join Jacks tribe, “Just an ordinary fire. You’d think we could do that, wouldn’t you? Just a smoke signal so we can be rescued. Are we savages or what? Only now there’s no signal going up. Ships may be passing. Do you remember how he went hunting and the fire went out and a ship passed by? And they all think he’s best as chief. Then there was, there was...that’s his fault, too. If it hadn’t been for him it would never have happened. Now Piggy can’t see, and they came, stealing—” Ralph’s voice ran up “—at night, in darkness, and 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 ever be rescued. Don’t you see what I mean? We’d have given them fire for themselves only they stole it. I—” from this quote we can come to realization…show more content…
I can't see no more and I got to get my glasses back. Awful things has been done on this island. I voted for you for chief. He's the only one who ever got anything done. So now you speak, Ralph, and tell us what. Or else—“. Piggy sees this situation, the fact that his glasses were stolen and from the way he talks, it’s like this is the end of civilization for Piggy. On the other hand, Ralph as a civilized leader considers this situation as not being able to keep a signal fire on as he says “Just an ordinary fire. You'd think we could do that, wouldn't you? Just a smoke signal so we can be rescued. Are we savages or what?” From the actions of Jack and Ralph it is obvious that Ralph is not a person of savage but is rather a person who tries bringing in civilization into the whole society, although Jack being the savage takes over the boys and rules them like his slaves. Nevertheless, it is clear that Jack and his tribe have taken over Ralph’s tribe, implying that savagery has taken over

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