Essay on William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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LOTF Essay

Could modern day society function without clear rules, laws, and enforcement of those rules? In Lord Of The Flies, William Golding uses symbolism and characters to show that humans need rules and enforcement of those rules in order to function effectively. Without them, humans naturally become savages, which leads to an unsustainable and dangerous society. The diminishing power of the rules, and the results of this is shown through the fire, the power and respect towards the conch, and Jacks changing attitude.

At the start of the novel, when the boys had rules, their society was efficient and accomplished things. As they lose enforcement of their rules, society stops functioning; they stop building and adding wood to the fire. In the beginning, when the boys had clear rules, they participated in building the fire willingly and eagerly. “Each party added a quota, less or more, and the pile grew” (39). This quote shows that they were all enthusiastic to help out and build the fire. The boys had the same attitude towards most of the tasks at the start of the book, since they had rules keeping order. Later on, when the rules aren’t as enforced, the boys start caring less about the fire. “There was a ship. You said you’d keep the fire going and you didn’t.” (.70). In this quote Ralph is scolding Jack and his hunters because they let the fire go out, meaning they couldn’t signal to the boat that was passing by. This shows that Jack abandoned his duty, meaning he…

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