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How Golding Presents The Decline From Civilisation To Savagery In Lord Of The Flies

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How Golding Presents the Decline from Civilisation to Savagery in Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is the name given to the inner beast, to which only
Simon ever actually speaks. As Simon's waits for the beast's arrival
near the bloody sow's head on the stake (buzzing with flies), The Lord
of the Flies speaks to him, warning him not to get in its way or else
he shall be killed by the boys. The Lord of the Flies name comes from
the sow's head and the countless flies buzzing about it, which soon
move from the sow's head to swarm around the head of Simon as the Lord
of the Flies tells him, "I'm a part of you." In biblical texts, the
Lord of the Flies is the title of Beelzebub (a direct translation of
his name), a demon of Hell. There is a clear distinction between this
book and The Coral Island. There is no separation between boys and
savages, good and evil, Christianity and cannibalism, British and
savages in this book, where as in the Coral island this distinction
comes out many times.

Jack is the novel's primary representative of the instincts of
savagery, violence, and the desire for power, which is shown from the
beginning. When the idea of having a Chief is mentioned, Jack speaks
out immediately. "I ought to be chief," Jack says with simple
arrogance, "because I'm chapter chorister and head boy." He is furious
when he loses the election to Ralph, which subtly begins their
conflict, and continually pushes the boundaries of his subordinate
role in the group. Jack and his compatriots are portrayed as
militaristic and aggressive, with Jack's bold manner and the choir
marching in step with one another. They are the first concrete
entrance of civilization onto the island and a decidedly negative one;
in fact, they are first referred to as a collective, as a 'creature',
and the adjective 'dark' is used in accordance, immediately creating
an uneasy air about the newcomers. Jack’s physical appearance
throughout the novel is also a deliberate and blatant warning sign,
“His face was...freckled, and ugly without silliness” (Chapter 1 pg.
19). His red hair stands out, as well as being associated with a
fiery temper it also, significantly, indicated danger. When he, quite
literally, masks his appearance with paint, far from neutralising his
venom and pugnacity it gives it free rein. Hidden behind it he can
absolve himself of decency and responsibility, realising his most
extreme evil potential.

The end of chapter 1 offers a great sense of foreboding, and indicates
the transition from civilisation to savagery. Chapter 1 is the whole
novel in embryo form, symbolic of furture events. The text concerns
Ralph, Jack and Simon tackling the job of exploration with boyish
enthusiasm, eventually discovering that they really are on a
picturesque, tropical island, complete with lagoon, reefs, mountain
and jungle. On their return, they find a piglet caught in the
creepers, and although Jacks draws his knife to kill...

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