Savagery In Lord Of The Flies Research Paper

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It is the eternal struggle between our kinder impulses of peace,law, and order and our primal instincts of savagery, violence, and chaos. The former has given us the great goods of civilization, technology, and democracy while the latter has only given us such monstrosities as the Soviet Union, 1990s Rwanda and current day Somalia. In William Golding's premier novel he explores the epic struggle between the best and worst of human nature. The novel begins with the group of boys trying to set up order, rules, and a civilization of some sort. Quickly however cracks begin to appear in their system. By the end of the text their attempt at an orderly society has dissolved into pure chaos, with the worst forms of human savagery being exhibited…show more content…
Savagery. “ The heart of flame leapt nimbly across the gap between the trees and then went swinging and flaring along the whole row of them. Beneath the capering boys a quarter of a mile square of forest was savage with smoke and flame”(Golding 43). In this excerpt Golding shows the uncontrollable savagery of nature through the portrayal of the forest as savage with fire and how the flame leapt from tree to tree, which directly relates to the central theme of Civilisation Vs. Savagery. Mr.Golding also shows another example of Civilisation Vs. Savagery in the beginning of the novel.” When these breezes reached the platform the palm-fronds would whisper, so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade”(Golding 10). In this quotation Golding shows the quiet that came with Piggys counting of the children, thus showing how civilised and orderly the group of boys still was at this point; which relates to the central theme of Civilisation Vs. Savagery. In Lord of the Flies William Golding also shows the central theme of Civilisation Vs. Savagery through the use of

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