These two young boys, Jack and Jonas, both ignore the rules of their societies and show that there is a commonly occurring desire to oppose the rules set by society, and the moral and ethical consequences of acting against social order. Jack’s yearning to be the leader and have authority is reflected through his actions, directly `influencing the society and testing how far he is willing to push the boundaries for his own benefit before losing his own sanity. Throughout the course of the book, The Lord of the Flies, Jack’s transition to become the ringleader of a force against authority is strengthened and progressively shown through his behavior. On many occasions he attempts to solve problems irrationally through violence and rash behavior. For example in the beginning the conch, a symbol of order and organization throughout “their community”, was enforced and obeyed.
(p. 156) Suspicion arises that there may be a beast on the island and Jack the main choir boy, who is Ralph’s chief rival for leadership, forms a tribe and begins to encourage the other boys to ignore Ralph’s rule. Gradually many of the boys turn into savages and treat the island like their own playpen, with an incremental build up of evil in their behaviour. Another major character... ... middle of paper ... ...order to give an understanding of the different powers that some people can posses over others. In William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies Ralph though not the stronger person, demonstrates a better understanding of people which gives Ralph better leadership qualities than Jack, although he is ultimately not succesful. In a way Simon can be seen to represent Jesus Christ and Jack is evil and represents Belezebub.
The older c... ... middle of paper ... ...s in self-defense, Jack tells them "I told you- he's dangerous." This type of manipulation is common in human society, particularly when a fight for power is involved. In human society, people will do what comes easiest. They will be manipulated and mistreated before they start to think for themselves or to act as individuals. This is shown well by the boys in The Lord of the Flies because boys have not yet suppressed their basic natures as completely as adults have.
Civilization is the condition that exists when people have developed effective ways of organizing a society. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the characters Ralph, Piggy and Jack are liable for the disregard for civilization at the end of the novel. Piggy is accountable for the lack of civilization because he makes excuses for the other boy’s savagery. He places too much faith in what society should do and, although he complains about the boys’ reckless behaviour, he does nothing to stop it. Ralph is responsible because he makes the mistake of giving Jack power; he is unable to control the other boy when Jack starts to become savage and he is prone to fleeting lapses in self-control.
Because Ralph and Jack were on odds since the beginning, the group of boys eventually separates, giving them the choice to choose their own leader. Some ingenious boys allow themselves to have fun and become savages instead of keeping their civil instincts, causing Ralph to struggle against Jack and his savages, the ones who let the savage inside them take over. Shortly after the boys’ rough arrival at the unknown island, Ralph blows a conch to summon all the boys for a meeting. Ralph reminds them that they must all work together and collectively to be able to create a good society. But as time passes by, without the education of adults, the boys, especially the younger ones, begin to lose their instinct to be civil.
In an interview with the author, Palahniuk, stated that he meant the story to be a cautionary tale of what can occur when an entire segment of a culture is disenfranchised. He explains why he was moved to write the book: “I wanted to acknowledge what my friends were complaining about, being failed by their fathers, and document what’s going on in our lives.” (Singleton, 143) Regeneration and Fight Club are both about the men lacking a parental father figure and how it affects their life. From this analysis, it is apparent that these men feel alienated, emasculated, and are looking for guidance by partaking in homosexual or homosocial activity. The men are looked down upon by their society for not sticking to the gender norms that society considers right. The men are not allowed to discuss their feelings or emotions without being classified as weak or feminine.
Throughout the story, Ralph and Jack are two of the characters who probably have the least in common mainly because they are trying to outdo each other by making the others ideas and beliefs seem obscure. They are similar in their desire for control over the group, however they are completely opposite pertaining to their leadership qualities and their objectives. Author William Golding creates these characters as opposites so he could have a general conflict, which is based on man against man to contribute to his other conflicts of man against environment and man against himself. Personal reflections of this author conclude that the bizarre setting and plot are difficult to comprehend upon the first reading yet further readings would create a more enjoyable story to understand. Dean 7 Works Cited Golding, William.
Proper influences are used sometimes in society to support restrict our impulses towards immorality. Moral concepts and beliefs are the only moderations holding the individuals back from performing terrible actions. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding illustrates the “evil” suppressed in everybody. Jack one of the main characters in the story, arrives in the deserted island an arrogant and supercilious choir boy, who at the beginning cries because he was not elected chief; however; as time progresses, he became uncivilized, truculent and not longer cares about humanity. Ultimately, Jack’s transformation reveals that people are selfish and egocentric when they reach for power and authority.
Golding’s timeless novel, Lord of the Flies, has an impact on society because it shows how boys, representing the world, may react in different situations and how human nature can create chaos, turning good to bad; a pandemonium civilization . The novel shows the inner self of each person will appear eventually , it only depends on how strongly you believe in your own conscience which Ralph possesses. As a leader Ralph is a better chief although he can’t regulate the group of boys well, the boys still choose Ralph instead of Jack as he cares for others and their survival unlike Jack. The reader experiences how people could change into ‘Jack’ easily and because of a lack of organization or rules, we would end up killing each other, as the boys do.
Ralph, the conch, and Jack show in different ways the declination of civilization both on the island and in relation to the outside world. Ralph’s role among the boys begins as chief, making necessary and moral decisions, enhanced by the commanding presence of the conch. Jack also follows their previous’ society’s rules, before he is driven to savagery from his want of power since humans have the innate evilness to crave and wield power selfishly. Similarly, the boys’ perspectives of the conch evolved negatively, from reverence to ignorance. As demonstrated throughout the novel, humans without strict authoritative control cannot maintain discipline.