Explore How The Theme Civilisation Develops In Different Parts Of Lord Of The Flies?

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Civilisation is a hugely controversial topic that differs around our world and has always been counterbalanced against the idea of savagery. The fact is that these instincts that exist within all humanity: the instinct to live by rules, act peacefully, follow moral rules, against the instinct to indulge one’s immediate desires, act violently to acquire supremacy over others, and enforce your opinion whether wanted or not. It is these two polar opposites that are the backbone of the novel. All experimented and portrayed through Goldings idea of human nature. This is immediately shown through the two main characters: Ralph, the protagonist, who represents order and leadership qualities; and ...view middle of the document...

This makes us think he is a little naïve. When the boys hear the nickname they laugh and subsequently he is constantly Piggy for the entirety of the story.
Golding doesn’t ever expose Piggy’s real name and this is extremely clever. Consequently we only have this sort of label to go by. Tagging him in this manner implies the boys’ opinion. Giving the animalistic indication of the nickname it illustrates the fact that the lads perceive him as something less than themselves. Personally, I think this is because of Piggy’s social class, he lives above a sweet shop with his aunty and they do well to keep afloat each month. The majority of the boys are public schoolboys with a different lifestyle to Piggy. It shows a lack of maturity and ability to evaluate others family life. In the 1940s the British public were broken into social classes this meant that the poor were lower down the hierarchy and were deemed to be trouble and stupid. However, ironically the posh, rich, well-spoken choir boy, Jack is the one that is bringing the savagery trait to the group. So, Golding uses Piggy to demonstrate a contrast to this judgment.
An example of this is the rate in which the island, a place of distinct natural beauty turns on its head into a place of terror, violence. In essence it converts in to a dystopian society and in literature a dystopian society is often characterized by the author as a place of extreme deprivation and oppression. Using this idea Golding is able to portray the boy’s behaviour and how they’ve stopped being a team and have become each man for themselves. Jack takes more of a function in the group brainwashing the “littluns” into a lack of freedom and enforcing the idea of brute force...

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