Savagery vs. Instincts in Lord of the Flies Essay

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Savagery vs. Instincts in Lord of the Flies

The Seed of Evil
"This is an island. At least I think it's an island. That's a reef out in the sea. Perhaps there aren't any grownups anywhere" (Ralph, Chapter 1). Stranded on an island, facing a crisis that resulted from one of humanity’s many wars, the boys become a model that represents humanity itself. They organize to help one another cope with this strange experience. A tiny system of government is formed, and the boys are somehow empowered in spite of their bleak circumstances. Any system is subject to corruption when the institution becomes more powerful than the individuals, however, and Ralph’s system of government is no exception. What is it that causes people to fight
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The demon in Simon’s vision explains, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you?” (Chapter 8)

The Lord of the Flies Divides the Island Ralph set up a small government for reasonable purposes. If humans were content to simply pursue their purpose, perhaps the boys would have successfully maintained their signal flair and been rescued before Piggy and Simon were killed. The antagonistic “law at work within” is represented by Jack, who was jealous of Ralph’s election to office. In the form of Jack, with his lust for violent domination and power, the human demon divides the boys into two groups. Ralph is angry with Jack when Jack’s failure to tend to the signal fire causes them to miss an opportunity to be rescued. Ugly, human ambition overcomes reason and communication, and Jack gives in to his savage drive toward barbarism and power. Jack had good intentions, and there was little discord in the group when they first pulled together to endure their plight on the island, but the group becomes divided when the evil side of human nature comes to the surface. Jack is upset when he loses the election, and he harbors resentment that quickly brings out the worst in him. He fails to tend the fire that would attract the attention of their rescuers, and ends up leaving the group with a dramatic display. He calls the other “hunters” to defect along with

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