Savagery Lord Of The Flies Analysis

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The Sounds of Authority, or Savagery Within any civilization, there are multiple key components required in order to create a functioning society. As explained through Lord of the Flies by William Golding, these pivotal building blocks of a civilization can play a great part into bringing a group of people to society, or drag them all down into savagery. The conch shell is an excellent example of political legitimacy and democratic power. Although, while this device can be used for good; providing others with order and sanity, it can also be used for the utter destruction of a civilization. The conch shell in Lord of the Flies by William Golding begins as civilization and order, becomes the fragility of power and influence, and concludes with the collapse of any civilized thoughts. Civilization and order can be found within every society, and this is no exception within the group of boys in the beginning of the novel. Throughout the exposition of the story, governance over the group of…show more content…
Throughout this novel, it is prominent that the conch shell contributed a great part in shaping authority within the group of boys. Initially, it brought civilization and order to guide the group to survival. As the novel progressed, the fragility of the conch shell showed the true power of Ralph’s leadership in the group. Finally, because the conch shell was obliterated, savagery overthrew authority within the group and caused reckless effects like the death of Piggy. When a society is created, it cannot be left unmaintained. Many civilized characteristics, like leadership and authority, are required to keep a group of people sustained. By leaving a civilization alone, it too can become a victim of uncivilized
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