Lord of the Flies Essay/ Character Comparison Ralph vs Jack

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The novel " Lord of the Flies" focuses on the conflict that exists between two competing impulses that Golding, suggests exist within all humans; these being the instinct to follow the rules, act in a peaceful manner and comply to moral commands compared to the instinct to act violently in order to gain control over others and to satisfy our own greed and personal desires. The conflict exists within the novel in several forms; law and order vs. anarchy, civilization vs. savagery and the basic term of good vs. evil. Golding uses these themes consistently throughout the novel, clearly associating instinctive savagery with evil and the instinct of civilisation with good. The representation of this lies in Ralph and Jack, the two central …show more content…
"something big and horrid in the trees"
This is one of the little'uns describing what he thought was the beast. In reality he had simply mistaken Simon, the pure and Christ-like figure of the group for something else. Jack's typical reaction to news of the beast is to, with his hunters track it down and kill it. This again shows his mentality towards certain situations. Instead of thinking rationally, perhaps as Ralph would, he resorts to violence. Ralph reflects on the situation and realises matters are now perhaps beyond his control; "the world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away"
It is now apparent that anarchy and chaos have taken over and Ralph is unable to establish any form of democracy. " The rules!" shouted Ralph. " you're breaking the rules!" "Who cares?" Ralph summoned his wits. "Because the rules are the only think we've got!" But Jack was shouting against him. " Bollocks to the rules!.."
In this part of the dialogue the rivalry between Ralph and Jack is clear. The conch-the symbol of authority has been overthrown in favour of anarchy. At the end of this chapter democracy is crumbling and Jack is beginning to contend to be chief instead of Ralph. In "Beast from the air" a dead air man falls with this parachute on to the island. The wind combined with the imaginations of

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