Lord Of The Flies Civilization Vs Civilization Analysis

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Today’s society is built on set rules of what is acceptable and what is not. Kids are taught these standards from the time they are born. They learn to follow these rules and that there are consequences if these rules are broken. They are further taught that hurting others is never okay and to always respect those in position of authority. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the boys are taught these standards, but when they get stranded on an island they are cut off from civilization. When first arriving, they are still pure and innocent but soon start to change by committing acts of violence and becoming savages in the end. Thus, the deaths on the island reflect the transition of the boys from innocent school children to …show more content…
As time goes on the boys start to lose their ties to civilization and slowly transform into savages. For instance, the boys begin to lose their identity, becoming savages. Jack can’t kill the pig, so he paints his face. The paint helps him hide from his conscience and frees him from the restraints of civilized behaviour: “He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling” (64). As soon as Jack painted his face, he was transformed into a bloodthirsty savage. Additionally, they start to rebel and lose their innocence. They realize with no adults around, they no longer have to listen to anyone; they are free to do whatever they want. Ralph calls a meeting to lay out some rules and address the beast problem, but Jack disregards them and only cares about hunting: “Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong- we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat” (91). Jack is the first to rebel, as he no longer wants to be told what to do and wants to be in charge. Furthermore, they start to enjoy the excitement of brutally hurting each other. The boys have lost sense of what is right and wrong, they have tapped into their inner evil. After Ralph wounded the boar, he was excited and happy. He then began to re-enact it using Robert and got carried away: “Ralph was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to …show more content…
When they first arrive, they still have morals but soon realize that there is nothing binding them to those morals, so they start to transform into brutal and murderous savages. If the boys, being children, can discord from society’s rules within a matter of days of solitude, what is stopping everyone else from resisting society? Rebellion and evil is within everyone; it is just a matter of who will let it overpower them and who

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