Savagery Vs. Civilism In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Would you be able to tell what human nature is right here on the spot? Not a couple of minutes from now, but right at this moment? Would you believe me if I said that William Golding was able to do so in a whole book known as Lord of the Flies? Well, William Golding was able to take human nature and put into a story about a group of English boys and explain how harmful and harsh human beings can be. Golding was part of World War II where he joined the Navy and took part in sinking, Bismarck, a German battleship (“William”). While fighting in World War II, Golding saw just how destructive human nature made us. Not only that, but Golding was able to watch how normal people could go from being so civilized to being complete savages. In Lord of…show more content…
civilization can be see through many different forms of symbolism. One of the main forms of symbolism that can represent the theme is the conch shell. The conch shell was found in the very first pages of the novel by Ralph. After he found it, he decided to use it as a form of order and power on the island, almost like a form of government. Ralph’s leadership was determined when the group of boys had a meeting about who should lead them. In the novel, Piggy says, “We can use this to call others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us —” (Golding 16). From this quote, it can be shown that the shell is the main source that brings the boys together, ultimately showing the authority that the shell has and the order that it brings to the civilization of the boys. However, when Jack and Ralph begin to clash heads it slowly bring the power and authority of the shell to an end. “You haven’t got it with you,” said Jack, sneering. “You left it behind. See, clever? And the conch doesn’t count at this end of the island—” (Golding 150). From this quote, one could tell that the conch shell is losing its authority and order that it brings to the island. Not only that, but the shell also portrays how the island is no longer
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