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Communist Cannibal Clan Essay

1005 words - 5 pages

In the book Lord of the Flies, a group of boys crash onto an island. One boy, Ralph, is elected as chief and tries to do what is best for the group. At first, things go well because the boys have been raised in a civilized society with order and control, but over time they start to show a more primitive side, until there is no order. All that is left is savagery.
At first, Ralph tries to keep the group organized with the help of Piggy. Their goal is to keep the essential things for the greater good of the group while attempting to be rescued, as shown in the following quotes. In this quote, Ralph explains the power of the conch: “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold ...view middle of the document...

“The fire is most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Look at us! How many are we? And yet we can’t keep a fire going to make smoke. Don’t you understand? Can’t you see we ought to—ought to die before we let the fire out?” (Golding 88). Letting the fire go out also shows how the boys are becoming more savage. The most important task they had was to keep the fire going. Because they are losing a sense of order, they neglected this job. They would rather go out and have fun hunting than to do what is best for the group and keep the fire going.
Eventually, savagery is all that is left. As the threat and anxiety of the beastie rises, hopelessness of not being rescued sets in, and rations run out, the littluns turn toward Jack’s savagery and away from Ralph’s civilized way of living. However, this savagery later causes the death of two of the most innocent and pure children on the island: Simon and Piggy. One important symbol that represents savagery taking over is when the conch shell is broken. The conch shell is a symbol of civilization on the island due to it calling the kids to order and letting them assemble peacefully to discuss domestic affairs. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist" (Golding 164). This quote shows how the conch is broken, which is significant because it means that there is no longer order on the island. No longer will the kids be able to peacefully assemble, and now savagery has taken over and turned the island into an anarchy. “A semi-circle of little boys, their bodies streaked with colored clay,...

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