Or savages?” he wondered due to the experiences that he had encountered as a British naval officer during this time. This effected that the worst in humanity would prevail, and that many so called decent minded people would be easily and willingly influenced to act in terrible ways towards one another causing conflict between civilization and savagery. The boys have turned their backs on society by ignoring their rules and relying on their savagery ways for their survival. The conch shell was used to conduct their meetings and symbolized civilization. In the beginning of the novel, the boys began their society as a unit with a leader, but as the story progressed their mini civilization began to collapse (Neighbors).
Are humans inherently evil? Is society just a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode at the first sign of trouble? William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, uses a simple story of a group of boys stranded on an island to show a small society can go from functional to dysfunctional overnight. Golding indicates that human nature is inherently evil by using characters, symbols, and conflicts to demonstrate how easily a society can fail without order and strong leadership. In this novel, one can see, through the development of each character, the role that each one will hold in the story.
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding expresses the idea that humans are naturally immoral, and that people are moral only because of the pressures of civilization. He does this by writing about a group of boys, and their story of survival on an island. The civilized society they form quickly deteriorates into a savage tribe, showing that away from civilization and adults, the boys quickly deteriorate into the state man was millions of years ago. This tendency is shown most in Jack, who has an animalistic love of power, and Roger, who loves to kill for pleasure. Even the most civilized boys, Ralph and Piggy, show that they have a savage side too as they watch Simon get murdered without trying to save him.
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is about a group of stranded British boys on an island who must work toward rescue. A fictional “beast” is embedded in their minds and they live in fear of it. A conflict erupts because of the power struggle between two leaders, leading to chaos and separation of the group. They become savages physically and spiritually and eventually give in to evil, losing their innocence and causing the death of their members. Ralph and Jack lead by two different methods; fear and democracy, and have different priorities; hunting and rescue which they have different means of making those a reality.
This motivates him to destroy Ralph and the rivalry between the two begins. Another point is that Jack uses fear and threats to control the boys. For example, when Robert tells Roger “’He’s going to beat Wilfred.’ ‘What for?’ Robert shook his head doubtfully” (Golding 176) it shows that Jack is violent and is using his... ... middle of paper ... ...so much that anything that they see in the dark, they imagine it as the beast. Therefore, the fear of the beast is the most dangerous and destructive force on the island. The most destructive force on the island is not a physical being, but rather a fear that lives within the boys.
Bad versus good is a never-ending battle of civilization’s detrition from the evil in humans. In Lord of the Flies by William Goulding a plane crashes on an island filled with boys. On the island the boys tried to keep rescue in mind, but they begin to lose their minds to the pure human instincts. The boys illustrate a theme of civilization being deteriorated by savagery on the island. First, Ralph represents order, and civil attitude in the world.
In summation, Jack Merridew’s desire for authority, power and violence overcame his knowledge of civilization throughout William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies. Jack’s transformations were built off of his lack of civilization, primitive acts and ruthlessness towards others. Jack represented a dictatorship and evil on the island. Jack’s behavior changes were not for the better, but for the worst, bringing out the worst in him, as well as the other boys.
Humans are inherently evil in nature and without law will unknowingly let this vile aspect of their own person be revealed. The depravity of actions in humans is expressed in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, by a group of English boys that are stranded on an island, and disconnected from society. The fear from violation of laws that holds people to their morals and rationality in their society vanishes, and a growth of savagery is present in all the boys. Savagery, an element innate to humanity, can only be repressed by the laws of society; the lack of regulation removes all inhibition, and therefore, exposes the beast representing evil from within. Law embodies order caused by fear, and the qualities of ruthlessness and evil in humans cannot be harnessed without it, as exemplified by the boys who fall into a state of savagery from the lack of proper legislation.
The use of a stick sharpened at both ends provides evidence of the savagery of the boys, and the dead parachutist shows that the boys are blinded by their internal evil and have become so villainous that they do not even recognize a human being. Golding shows throughout the novel that evil is the prevalent force within man, and that savagery takes precedence over even childhood innocence. Ralph's actions as a character in the novel assist in reinforcing Golding's point that the prevalent force within man is evil. While Ralph struggles, albeit unsuccessfully, to maintain a civilized society on the island, he repeatedly tries to resist the temptation of evil inside him. As the island descends into chaos under Jack's tyrannical regime, the rest of the boys on the island let their hair become longer, at the same time becoming increasingly vicious.
As order is lost, the boys try to cope with the fact that they may be on the island for awhile. So, they revert to savage ways in order to cope with it. Their schoolboy behaviors become non-existent and chaos breaks loose. The conch shell, the Beast, leadership, murder, and fire are all five main elements that help lead the boys into their plug to savagery because without rules and discipline their will be chaos.