Survival Lord Of The Flies Essay

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When a group cannot agree, it is impossible to satisfy everyone within its’ needs. In the novel “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, the tribe of boys struggle to accomplish the necessary tasks in order to create civilization. Without universal agreement from the stubborn leaders of the group, the boys cannot survive or create a successful, well-working society. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph and Jack, the opposing leaders’, attempt to form a society that ultimately fails because they cannot achieve the necessities for survival. In order to create stability, a group must first establish a leader to create a clear and focused goal. The boys find a conch on the island to symbolize leadership. This rule proves to …show more content…
The overall goal for the boys is to be rescued, but it is important to stay safe in the process. The boys decide to use Piggy’s glasses to create a fire. It is implied that one of the younger boys dies in the fire. The boys look around and realize he is not there, they wonder “ ‘That little ‘un that had a mark on his face--where is--he now? I tell you I don’t see him.’... ‘Perhaps he went back to the, the--’ Beneath them, on the unfriendly side of the mountain, the drum-roll continued” (Golding 46-47). The most important thing to the boys should be to keep the group safe and alive. When the boy with the mark on his face dies, they fail to do so and ultimately fail to create a successful society. The main necessity for survival should be to remain alive, and when they let a member of their group die, they do not accomplished this. The desire to be right all the time and conflict between Ralph and Jack distracts them from focusing on what really matters. The stubborn behavior between the boys is frivolous when working to survive on the island. Not only is the fire a safety hazard, but they fail to take the opportunity for rescue; Ralph believes that creating a fire will draw passing ships to the island and to safety. When a ship finally passes by, the fire is not being tended to by Jack and the ship does not notice it. Ralph, upset by the missed opportunity, and exclaims, “‘There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d …show more content…
They were losing this peace throughout the book, but this was the final straw. They have become savages and will never be able to create a peaceful society together. A civilization needs unity to work together. Fighting and conflict between members of the group will make it difficult to get anything done. The boys are too stubborn to come together and agree to stop the mayhem. The killing spree does not stop with Simon, and once the beast is unleashed, the disharmony takes over. The conflict and lack of peace between Ralph and Jack escalades until Jack makes a plan to kill Ralph. Loyal members of Ralph’s tribe who converted to the hunters tell him that “‘They hate you, Ralph. They’re going to do you.’ ‘They’re going to hunt you tomorrow’” (Golding 188). The lack of peace between the opposing leaders enhances to the point that Jack wants to kill Ralph. They both want complete control and cannot compromise, so Jack desires to kill Ralph to finally get his way. This lack of peace disrupts any chance of creating a society. In order to survive, it is necessary to live in a peaceful environment instead of fearing for your life. The inability create harmony prevents the idea of a successful society from ever becoming a

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