The Flies Reflection

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It was a race for survival; dozens of adolescent BOYS stranded on an island, not a hint of civilization around. The lives of these BOYS changed drastically during their time on the island. It’s interesting how life can change in a matter of seconds, or especially throughout centuries. There has been an immense change in lifestyle since the 1950s, the prominent cause being technology. William Golding, the author of Lord of the Flies, displays a troubling situation in a simple time, stimulating the reader to reflect on aspects of life now. If William Golding were to be given the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a teenager today, he would observe that the evolution of SOCIETY has brought many negative changes to communication, VALUES,…show more content…
Ralph rallies the BOYS and encourages them to continue believing in the fire through the assemblies in order to ensure survival. If this were to take place now, each boy would be searching for a way to get off the island or calling for help, separately. There would be no collaboration to spark ideas and create bonds. In addition, when the naval officer arrives on the island at the end of Lord of the Flies, the BOYS experience a touching moment as “The tears began to flow and sobs shook him. … infected by that emotion, the other other little BOYS began to shake and sob too” (202). This is a crucial moment that touches the heart of each character along with the reader. If a group of teenagers were saved after being stranded on an island nowadays, the rescue would be recorded or photographed for show upon returning home. Teenagers today would not stop to take in the value of the event; instead, they would be focused on capturing it. To truly appreciate a special moment, one must give it their full attention. Furthermore, while observing daily life now, one would find that TECHNOLOGY pulls younger generations away from necessities they take for granted. A…show more content…
Additionally, the current TECHNOLOGY-based environment has shifted the focus of teenagers’s VALUES in a negative way. The VALUES of teenagers have shifted focus from necessity, leaving a negative impact on how they perceive the world. Anything from basic conversations to important decisions are often carried out over the phone; the value of a face to face interaction has diminished. At the beginning of the story, the BOYS gather to figure out who will be the leader of the group. They understand the importance of having a main leader, and come to a decision together in person;. “‘Let’s have a vote.’ … This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. … ‘All right. Who wants Jack for chief?’” (22). The BOYS see this physical idea of ‘voting’ as an effective process. They work through the disagreement as a group, letting everyone have a say, and eventually vote Ralph to be chief. This shows the strength of a face to face conversation. If this vote happened now over the phone, unfair advantages would be in place. Not only have face to face interactions been devalued through the use of TECHNOLOGY, younger generations focus more on their reputation in SOCIETY rather than the importance of personality and inner morality. One day, Ralph gets time to sit and think to himself, observing the other BOYS and reflecting. “With the memory of his sometime clean self as a standard, Ralph looked them over. They were

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