Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1035 Words Sep 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Since the beginning of mankind, humans’ instinct to behave like savages and act violently has been pitted against their desire for civilization and order. In the novel Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the theme of civilization versus savagery is presented with a group of English schoolboys stranded on a tropical island that must survive on their own with no adult supervision. In this allegory, the protagonist, Ralph, tries to have order and cooperation on the island, while Jack, a power hungry tyrant, ultimately creates violence and chaos. Golding presents the theme of civilization versus savagery through the plot of the boys being marooned, the setting of the deserted island, and the characterization of civil Ralph and lawless Jack. Many conflicts arise throughout the progression of Lord of the Flies. The two main plots that represent Golding’s theme are the conflict for the need to hunt for food, which represents savagery, and the desire to be rescued, which represents civilness. In the novel, Ralph leaves Jack and his hunters in charge of keeping a fire going, so that if a ship comes by, they have a chance of being rescued. When a ship comes by, it doesn’t stop because the fire burned out. Instead of keeping the fire going, Jack hunted and killed a pig, showing that he believes that hunting and acting like a savage is more important than keeping a fire burning so they can be rescued. Ralph is furious when he finds out it is Jack’s fault the ship went away,…

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