The Themes Of Morals In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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William Golding uses the theme that humans are naturally bad at heart, in the book Lord of the Flies to highlight that without the order and respect we choose to live our daily lives with our human nature will ultimately take us into chaos and savagery. Morals are what we choose live by, this is what keeps us in line. Morals do not appear overnight. Overtime they are ingrained throughout our childhood. Giving us a sense of right and wrong. Humans are not born with the idea of looking out for the welfare of others, we naturally want to satisfy ourselves. Respect and rules are important, in running an orderly society. Many leaders will demand respect, earning respect far succeeds that of demanding, in ruling a society.

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Leaders who demand respect are not in the wrong, but it is not as healthy, as earning the respect of the people. Once Ralph was elected by the boys, they “broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; [...] Ralph looked at [Jack], eager to offer something.” (Pg. 23) Ralph let the boys choose their leader, and he is already looking out for others as he immediately tends to Jack. This shows how Ralph is earning his respect, which in return sets a better platform for a tribe to be built on. Golding is choosing to use Ralph as a symbol of order, respect, and safety. This is the forming of order in order versus chaos. Jack demands respect and enforces his power as he yells “Grab them!” [...] “I said ‘grab them’!” [...] “Tie them up!” [...] “Go on. Tie Them.” (Pg. 178-179) Jack has chosen to enforce and demand which is the opposite of what Ralph has chosen. Golding uses Jack to represent the complete opposite of Ralph. Jack is shown as power hungry and rash, which is not good long term for the group. Golding’s symbolism is showing that if we let our wants take over, that our unruly corrupt nature will ultimately result in loss of respect and order, causing us to fall into chaos and …show more content…
Ralph and Piggy held onto order, with the death of Piggy “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart and [...] the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Pg. 202) Chaos and savagery show the true darkness of man’s heart, bringing out the ugliest within us. This is a powerful ending to a meaningful book that wraps multiple themes into one statement. Including darkness of man’s heart and that order is chosen. We weren’t born in tuxedo’s, our appearance show’s how we have chosen to live our lives. Ralph meets the sailor wearing a “white topped cap [...] [with] gold foliage. [...] [And] a uniform.” (Pg. 200) Dress to impress, what you wear will have an effect on what others think of you. Order is associated with cleanly and sharp. This sailor saves the day for Ralph, the only boy who was still clinging to his beliefs of order and respect. The last one to still be focused on getting off the Island, and back to

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