Civilization Vs Savagery In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Navneet Sidhu Ms.Henze English 11 January 20, 2018 Title: Subtitle In the novel “Lords of The Flies”, “William Golding”, extensively focuses on the theme civilization versus savagery thoroughly. On the island, we can clearly see the quarrel taking place between Jack and Ralph, where jack represents savagery while Ralph represents civilization through their actions. This results in affecting the boys to reach deeply into savagery. This distinctly shows how the laws are the only thing keeping human beings from savagery. This novel is a record of civilization giving the way to savagery in human activities. Firstly, the novel tells us about the boys who are stuck on an island where there are no grownups or adults, without any law and order, they…show more content…
Samneric said “They hate you, Ralph. They’re going to do you” (209), and it will be dangerous. “Roger sharpened the stick at both ends” (211). Through this, it can be seen clearly that Golding is trying to tell us that they are not being controlled by some law an order, which gives them the authority to do anything on the island and hunting Ralph is one of them. “They were all running, all crying out madly… Bright thunder of the fire” (222). This suggests savagery as the boys began to hunt for Ralph violently and they have been overruled by their civilized sides. From this we can tell that savagery has completely overruled them as Golding chooses the word “all running” and “crying out madly”. In Fact, when the navy officer came to rescue them, even the officer, he was shocked to hear that two of the boys are killed. The officer said “Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies? ‘Only two. And they’ve gone.’ the officer leaned down and looked closely at Ralph. ‘Two? Killed?” (223). Through this Golding is trying to show us that laws are the only thing that keeps human beings from
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