Savagery In Lord Of The Flies Literary Analysis

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Savage In Lord of the Flies, by Wiliam Goulding, he explains how man kind can easily lose their sense of right and wrong when put in a situation with no civilization. Throughout the novel the children slowly lose their moral sense and become savages. They begin to see life without adults, or people to telling them what to do and they take advantage. They become more careless and rebellious. The boys begin their journey civilized and their minds intact. For example, Ralph explains that they know that they are alone and they need authority, “There aren’t any grownups. We shall have to look after ourselves.”(44) He realizes that they are going to be on the island for a while and decides to take charge. He is quick to act and tries to keep everything normal and well mannered. In addition, Ralph takes matter into his own hands. “I’m chief,” said Ralph, “because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food—”(216). Goulding is demonstrating the boys still having a leveled mind but…show more content…
During many parts of the novel, innocence is used to show that anything can happen to the ones that we surmise to be honest and harmless. For example, he starts to show Jack and Ralph losing themselves and no longer being civilized. “Don’t you understand, Piggy? The things we did—”(225). They have now lost all their innocence and have become savages killing and hurting others. They got lost in the crowed and followed the bad influences. In addition, they all finally reached and end of any type of civilized thing they had in them. “See? See? That’s what you’ll get! I meant that!" (260). They killed the only person who still had some reasoning just because he wouldn't join them. They have completely turned into savages and don't even know it. This incident proves Goulding's statement that without civilization one will lose

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