Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

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The prominent theme of Lord of the Flies is the recurring conflict between savagery and the rules of civilization. Throughout the novel, the conflict is personified by the colliding morals between Ralph and Jack, who respectively represent civilization and savagery. The differing motifs and ideologies are expressed by their distinct leadership traits. While Ralph uses his authority to protect the group and establish rules that will maintain some level of civilization, Jack uses a savage and primal approach to gain power over the other boys. When Jack assumes leadership of his own tribe, he accepts nothing less than complete submission. And surprisingly, the boys not only oblige this demand, but also appear to worship him as an idol. In contrast, however, Ralph 's group does not respond to his idea of equality among the boys and they slowly abandon his orderly society. Lord of the Flies expresses a progression of events that defines the stability of Ralph 's leadership, the corruption of Jack 's leadership, and the theme of the adverse effects of the differing ideologies.

The first leader that is introduced is Ralph. He is the initial boy to become recognized as Chief and all of the boys respect his judgment and rules. Ralph understood what needed to be done to survive, who to assign to certain jobs, and how to create an organized system. He constructs the theme of the conch shell that establishes an important authoritative presence amongst the boys. However, Ralph was not…

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