Essay about Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Order is walking on a tightrope; the leader must stay in control or what is once successful, ends up toppling over. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a plane crash strands a group of British schoolboys on an island. The boys, especially Ralph and Piggy, make a system of rules based around a fire and a conch shell. However, that order soon goes away, as fear and destruction take over. At the end of the story, order is completely gone, and if not for getting rescued at the last moment, then the mayhem that takes over the island would be permanent. The conch shell, the beast, and the fire, help to illustrate that if society exists without order, then chaos will ensue, and society will crumble.
The shell in Lord of the Flies represents rules, helping to prove their necessity for keeping order. Stranded, the boys come up with a set of rules, and elect a leader, Ralph. Ralph comes up with a system that should work, like when he suggests to the boys, “We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that’s a meeting. The same up here as down here” (Golding 42). This establishes the creation of a system of rules, rules that everyone agrees upon, as the boys all believe in the necessity of rules. Jack says, “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are the best at everything” (42). The system isn’t at fault for ruining the order; it’s the lack of following of the system later on that causes order to go away, and…

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