'The Lord of the Flies' - Savagery Essay

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'The Lord of the Flies' - Savagery

William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The flies’ presents us with a group of English boys who are isolated on a desert island, left to try and retain a civilised society. In this novel Golding manages to display the boys slow descent into savagery as democracy on the island diminishes.

At the opening of the novel, Ralph and Jack get on extremely well. We are informed Jack, “shared his burden,” and there was an, “invisible light of friendship,” between the two boys. Jack changes considerably throughout this novel. At first he tells us, “I agree with Ralph we’ve got to have rules and obey them,” This shows us that at the beginning of the novel, just like Ralph, he wants to uphold a civilised society.
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These camouflage masks are used in warfare, which clearly links his new identity as a shameless killer just like the adults fighting at war.

Golding shows this two-sided struggle between good and evil with the fire. On one hand the fire is the only source of warmth, light and hope of rescue. While on the other hand it brings death and destruction to the island. Golding is trying to show us there are aspects of good and evil inside each one of us.

It is not only Jack that liked having power. We are told that the little’uns enjoyed the, “knowledge that they had out whited a living thing, imposed their will upon it and taken away it’s life like a long satisfying drink.” Golding has done this to show us that even ‘innocent’ children have a savage side to them that is hidden by society.

As the big’uns, Roger and Maurice torment the littl’uns by destroying their sandcastles they still hear in their heads the reprimanding adult voices of the civilisation they have left behind. Roger throw rocks at Henry, but he throws them so they miss because he is surrounded as Henry is, by, “the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Rogers arm was conditioned by a civilisation that knew nothing of him and was in ruins. ”

Golding uses a lot of symbolism in his novel. Even the boy’s names represent their

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