William Golding's Lord Of The Flies: Theme Analysis

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Lord of the Flies William Golding had many themes and basic ideas in his book Lord of the Flies. One of the most basic and obvious themes is that society holds everyone together, and without these conditions, values, and the basics of right and wrong are lost. Without society's rules, anarchy and savagery can be created. Golding is also showing that morals come directly from our surroundings, and if there is no civilization around us, we will lose these values. The theme of Lord of the Flies is the conflict between the human impulse towards savagery and the rules of civilization. “Civilization is a society in an advanced state of social development.”(Dictionary definition) All the rules and laws we have are to keep us Civilized. If we do not have those laws and rules chaos would happen. “Chaos is a state of extreme confusion and disorder.”(Dictionary definition) “Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos.”-Joker…show more content…
The different ideas are expressed by each boy's distinct attitudes towards authority. Ralph uses his authority to make rules and protect the group. He is attractive, fascinating, and decently intelligent. He has common sense. Ralph is the one who created the meeting place, the fire, and the huts. He recognizes that the fears and nightmares are not helping with there survival. Jack is interested in gaining power over the other boys. He is loves to make rules and punish those who break them, although he consistently breaks them himself. Jack has no common sense and is a jerk. Jack “introduced anarchy, upset the order” and everything fell into chaos. Ironically, the boys find themselves in a situation they cannot understand. They both cannot lead a group of many boys on their

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