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William Golding's The Lord Of The Flies

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In William Golding's Lord of The Flies, the boys try to maintain civility, but nature pulls them into savagery. Nature always seems to pull man in, even when man tries to fight it; the boys give in by hunting, fighting, and doing whatever they please. All of this is because there is no authority in nature. The boys try to maintain civilization on the island, but nature is gradually luring them in and revealing their true human instincts.

The Lord of the Flies is based around these boys and their want to get off the island. Ralph and Piggy were the most focused on a rescue and had most concern over their group. At the beginning of the book, Ralph is very calm because of the reassuring thought of rescue from his father. “I could swim when I was five. Daddy taught me. He’s a commander in the navy. When he gets leave he’ll come and rescue us.” (Golding, 13). This quote clearly shows Ralph’s relaxed attitude toward their situation and how he has faith in his dad for their rescue. Later in the book, Ralph is a little more skeptical of a rescue due to the loyalty of his group. A quote from chapter 4 shows Ralph’s anger and disappointment toward his party “You let the fire go out” (Golding, 70), followed by yelling “There was a ship” (Golding, 70). Another supporting quote that shows Ralph’s aggravation and desire to be home is from chapter 5. “The fire is the most important thing on the island. How can we ever be rescued except by luck, if we don’t keep a fire going? Is a fire too much for us to make?” (Golding, 80). No matter what the boys do throughout their troubles, the aspiration of returning to home and safety keeps growing.

Throughout the book, Jack and his hunters are the biggest example of how man will always lose the battle against nature, as they rapidly lose their civilized demeanors and become savages. Jack was made leader of the hunters once Ralph assigned him that position. After their first kill, they begin gaining a thirst for bloodshed. They became obsessed with killing pigs and found it as a sport, of sorts. After Jack believes he deserves to be chief, he constructs his own group of hunters and has a feast. At this feast, they show how they have lost their civil way of life. They dance and sing in an undomesticated manner, yelling, "Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Bash him in!" (Golding, 114). This shows how the kids have lost their civil senses and have turned to their primal instincts. They no longer see the moral issues involved with killing an animal or even another person, as their dance would soon lead to. Ralph and Piggy try to keep their civil ways but know deep down that they will have to change. "You were outside. Outside the circle. You never really came in. Didn't you see what we-what they did?" (Golding, 157). Piggy says this as he knows he was a part of the dance, but wants to deny that they were involved, in an attempt to preserve their human ways. They do not want to admit that Jack has had an affect on them by many...

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