Lord Of The Flies Essay

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Lord of the Flies is a novel about the civilisation of a group of boys that are stranded on an island by themselves without any adults. The author William Golding creates a fiction novel that explores people’s personalities, how they act and react to their surroundings. In particular how fear interferes with the organisation of the group, leading to a lack of cooperation. People need to have cooperation and organisation within a group in order to defeat an enemy. The boys need to have an organisation and collaboration to beat their enemy; the Beast and later on Jack. In the novel Lord of the Flies, Golding presents two boys, Jack and Ralph, both trying to get power over the group. They have opposite personalities. Ralph is a person who cares about, order, the others and their survival. Moreover in the novel the littluns are scared about the Beastie, Ralph then suggested the littluns to sleep in the huts for safety and stay away from the mountain top. On the other hand, Jack is all about fun and killing the Beastie. He doesn’t see the aspect of death as a factor to be worried about. Jack is self centered therefore he doesn’t care about the society he is living in nor the barriers they have.

Ralph is a character that shows perfection and leadership. Ralph believes that rescuing is important to keep the boys alive. Ralph recognises that building a fire would get them rescued and so they could live a normal life. He showed the importance of having a fire; “There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out!” “We might have gone home---” “You can’t even build huts-- then you go off hunting and let out the fire-”.(P.71) He believes that the fire is a symbol of salvage and if they have the...

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... flaws although he doesn’t confess or choose to believe it. He ignores his conscience which leads to destruction.

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.
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