Lord of the Flies: Savagery vs Civilization

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Lord of the flies was about a group of boys getting stranded on an island. There was basically to groups I like to identify them as the “civilized group” and the “savage ones”. In this paper I will tell you examples of civilization and savagery in lord of the flies. From the conch to the pig head to the boys that are there .There are mean examples of this theme so let’s get started.
In the book lord of the flies all of the boys started of civil but some ended up being savage .to start off civilized means the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced. The word savage means the quality of being fierce or cruel.in lord of the flies there are mean examples of civilization.
The first example is we see civilization as the boy’s sense of right and wrong the first thing Ralph and Piggy suggest is they should have a meeting .Then Ralph suggests that they use order and communication. Ralph told the boys they must have "hands up, like at school". Piggy takes names and this represents civilization. That leads us into the conch. The conch represented civilization because it kept order .the conch was found by ralph .Ralph then decided the conch would be used for talking in meetings. It was like a system .the conch was used to keep order in a meeting. They used the conch by only talking when they had it so they wouldn’t be talking over each other .this is a good example because they are being civilized and not wild .
But as the story goes on, the conch loses its power and so does the island’s civilized manner is lost because the boys descend into savagery. The book says “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” With the conch being destroyed we know that the civilization that was left has been destroyed right along with it .This is one of the most memorable parts of the whole book. As the boys rampage through the island, I believe that the author is implying that humans have the natural tendency to descend into/revert to savagery and cruelty once all civilization is lost!
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