Lord Of The Flies By William Golding Essay

1063 Words Jul 15th, 2015 5 Pages
When stranded on an island, one’s normal instinct is to scout for the necessities of life; water, heat, shelter and lastly, food. However, in a group setting with no definitive leader, every individual can have different priorities for surviving their stay on the island. Lord of the Flies tells us the story of a group of boys who are stranded on an island after their plane crashes, and there are no adult survivors to protect them. Some choose to maintain a sense of law and order, by gathering tools for survival - staying civil - while others’ refusal to obey the elected leader lead some down the path of chaos and savagery; as well as the vicious hunt for food. William Golding’s novel, written in the midst of World War II, supports his view of “man” - that they can rebel, become animalistic, and in this case, kill, when under no authority. Firstly, Jack, the self-named barbaric chief of “the hunters”, feels that under no real authority, he can do whatever he pleases. He acts out this feeling by choosing to hunt for a pig rather than tend to the fire to produce a smoke signal, to attract passing ships or planes. The elected authority figure at the time, Ralph, is not amused, as he repeats “You let the fire out.” (Golding, 73) multiple times; each time, the messages not resonating in Jack’s ears, who feels that hunting is more important. After daily nagging from Ralph to gather basic survival needs, Jack decides to start his own tribe, “I’m going off by myself. … Anyone who…

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