Control In Lord Of The Flies Throughout William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies there is an ever-present conflict between two characters. Ralph's character combines common sense with a strong desire for civilized life. Jack, however, is an antagonist with savage instincts, which he cannot control. Ralph's goals to achieve a team unit with organization are destroyed by Jack's actions and words that are openly displayed to the boys. The two leaders try to convince the boys that their way of survival is correct.
Ralph and his friend Piggy form a group. Slowly, they become increasingly fearful. Then a boy named Jack rebels and forms his own tribe with a few boys such as Roger and Bill. Many things such as their environment, personalities and their own minds contribute to their change. Eventually, many of the boys revert to their inherently evil nature and become savage and only two boys remain civilized.
However, when his pride becomes blinding, Brother forces Doodle beyond his limits and is forced to accept the consequences. Though loved by his brother, Doodle becomes an innocent victim of selfishness and pride. The bitter seed of shame that blossoms into the flower of pride strangles discernment and results in absolute inability to accept defeat. Brother was ashamed of Doodle immediately following his birth. “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” (345).
The boys on the island come to realize at the end that they have lost precious lives, destroyed the beauty of the island, and also seen that the civilization that they once had was gone. As the book says, “Like a bomb!” (Golding 28), the world is slowly becoming savage. If the world were to be like the lives of the boys while they were on the island, the world would be a disaster, and would be chaotic. Consequences of war is truly the main reason of why these boys fell apart with lives being lost, nature being destroyed, and the civilization crumbling right in front of their eyes in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Works Cited Golding, William.
The boss seems to be inadequate physical health but he is fighting his own depression that he thinks he should be feeling for his son, yet the fly provides a distraction that he needed to move on. From his talk with Old Woodifield to the drowning of the fly, the boss is fighting an internal battle few could understand. He is no longer needing to cope with his son 's death but now needs to cope with why he does not feel as upset as he did for all of those years. His physical health is strong, but his mental health is deteriorating. The boss and the fly are perfect symbolism of what depression actually is or what it does to someone.
The boys stirred uneasily, as though something indecent has been said" (Golding 130). The boys in the tribe want a proper leader that everyone agrees on. However, because of the tension between Ralph and Jack, the boys are uncertain about the outcom... ... middle of paper ... ...ociety drives the authority of many leaders. Utilizing fear make a leader strong and powerful. Many characters in literature exploit fear to drive their campaign and to earn respect within their groups.
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.
After Simon split from the group, he experienced the most corruption with an imaginary Lord of the Flies. Jack was the physical form of the Lord of the Flies, after his obsession with hunting leads him to become the most corrupted on the island. After spending too much time hunting with Jack, Ralph started to slide down a slippery slope culminating with a brutal assault. In conclusion, The Lord of the Flies shows that the world of children is not as innocent as it seems. Works Cited Golding, William.
The desire for power can often lead to one going outside the accepted boundaries of society in order to reach his or her goals. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, readers are exposed to a group of young boys who all express varying characteristics as a result of being removed from society. The story begins when the boys crash land on an island in the Pacific Ocean and are left to fend for themselves without the assistance of adults. A boy named Ralph calls the boys to a meeting and the oldest of the boys, Jack, challenges him for the position of leader. As the story progresses, Ralph and Jack’s conflicting morals split the boys into two groups that fight for dominance on the island.
Death and Social Collapse Oscar Hammling has said, "We die ourselves every time we kill in others something that deserved to live." Man's relationship with death from the hour of his birth and his inherent concern for himself above others are themes often used in literary works to depict mankind's mental, spiritual, and social weaknesses. Death is a prominent motif in William Golding's Lord of the Flies and specific events throughout the novel are important in the development of the story and in expressing the tragedy that ultimately results from manifestations of evil in mankind. The demises of the mulberry-marked boy, the sow, Simon, Piggy, and the attempted murder of Ralph are among the most important events used by Golding as catalysts in the expansion of the plot. The death of the mulberry-marked boy is the first of several events that ultimately leads to the destruction of society in the novel.