William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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Little Boys and Civilization If I told you that your child had gone missing, then some time later they were found on a deserted island and found that several of the kids they had been stuck with were killed, chances are you wouldn’t believe me and probably call the police. Unless you had some sort of knowledge and belief that William Golding 's Lord of the Flies could happen. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies with the purpose of convincing readers that there is darkness within all of us and that without authority and consequences that darkness comes out. In Lord of the Flies William Golding uses characterization of the boys and symbolism to show that civilization and order breaks down when there is a lack of consequences and authority. Jack hinders the creation of society on the island by disregarding the established rules. When Jack and the boys first arrive on the island the boys vote for a chief “‘ Who wants me? Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately’” (15). This causes Jack to become embarrassed and shamed “...the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification.” Once Jack is ashamed he has less motivation to follow the rules and later on in the novel Jack disobeys orders by hunting instead of keeping the fire going “‘You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out’” (59). This continues for some time until Jack officially denounces the rules that Ralph has set when he says “‘Bollocks to the rules’” (79). Jack causes chaos on the island several times. One of those times includes the pig murder scene on (120). “They surrounded the covert….right up her ass” Golding is showing us how Jack indulges in the dark side of human nature and that it isn’t making a civilization any ea... ... middle of paper ... ...s taken over civilization. It also gives the savages the power of fire and with no authority over the fire it ends up destroying the island “...the whole island was shuddering with flame” (181). Little boys need authority and consequences. It 's just a fact. Without consequences they will crumble. This was even proven by a CBS TV show done “a group of boys ages 8 through 15 were challenged to build a society in the desert of New Mexico in 40 days. The boys did not succeed and the experiment was largely criticized for its dangerous conditions. Psychologists predicted the conditions could have gotten worse if adults weren’t overseeing the show” (Psychologist likens 'Nation ' to 'Flies) Golding’s point was not incorrect. He wants us to know that there is a reason for authority and rules and we shouldn’t ignore his book after it has been proven in real life.

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