Civilization And Social Order In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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21 March 2014
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The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of boys that were on a plane crash in the 1940’s in a nuclear War. The plane is shot down and lands on a tropical island. Some boys try to function as a whole group but see obstacles as time goes on. The novel is about civilization and social order. There are three older boys, Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, that have an effect on the group of younger boys. The Main character Ralph, changes throughout the novel because of his role of leadership and responsibility, which shapes him into a more strict but caring character as the group becomes more uncivilized and savage
At the beginning of the story, after the plane had crashed on the island and the boys are accounted for, Ralph feels very free and absent. He finds a lagoon to with warm water, and just like any other twelve year old boy, he goes for recreational swim. "Whizzoh! . . . Ralph inspected the whole thirty yards carefully and plunged in."(12) So far, not terribly worried yet, about being rescued and getting off the island. Along with him being fairly relaxed, from the get go, Ralph is rude to Piggy and makes fun of him for his weight and disabilities. As Ralph is swimming in the lagoon, having a good time, he offers for Piggy to come in. "I can't swim. I wasn't allowed. My asthma-" said Piggy. As Ralph interrupts "Sucks to your ass-mar!" (13) This shows that Ralph is careless about Piggy and that they are not necessarily friends at all. Along in the same time at the lagoon, Piggy is looking at the water and notices a conch at the bottom. He has Ralph pull it out of the water and he looks at it. Ralph is interested in it but is not smart enough to know what it is or how to use it. "Ralph spoke absently. The shell was interesting and pretty and worthy of a
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