The Dark Side of Man

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William Golding demonstrates the gradual breakdown of all civilized rules and order and reverts the boy’s nature from civilized to a savagery. The boy’s actions reverted them to inferior state of living in which they became savages, but then again human nature is savage. It is shown throughout our history that we humans are savages on the inside and without order we would still be savages. And that’s why Golding demonstrates a perfect example on how it’s broken down. Throughout the novel there are various scenes were it shows how society breaks down without order. William Golding uses symbols to illustrate the breakdown of civilization and social order in his novel. In the beginning the conch represented order because it was used to call meetings “ ‘We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us—’ ” (20) They use the conch to hold democratic meetings and to build rules so they can survive. Ralph only saw it as something to play with while Piggy saw it as a way to call the other kids that are on the island so they can regroup after the plane crash. Once shattered it symbolizes the order in the society they live in shattering “The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like a vapor.” (265) The breaking of the conch symbolizes their humanity in a way because they are still living on the island with rules, but once it’s shattered they lose their humanity and give into savagery and become beasts. The fire symbolizes both life and death it is depicted when they use the smoke from the fire as an S.O.S for a passing ship to see “If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.” (51) Another way... ... middle of paper ... ... be rescued “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (290) Symbolizes how far the kids have gone from civilized innocent children into brutal savages with no remorse for their actions in which they never regain their innocence. In the end Golding’s demonstration of the gradual breakdown of order within a society was phenomenal. The way the things and characters were symbolized was amazing and the way how people could be turned into savages without order in the world. The actions that were made slowly turned them into the beast they had feared in the beginning and how brutal they can be. And how a character and item can symbolize and give it a whole new meaning and way to perceive it. Works Cited Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.
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