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"Lord Of The Flies" By William Golding.

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"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways." This quote stated by Buddha somewhat describes how the boys on the island in The Lord of the Flies change from being nice civilized human beings to mean, evil savages. In The Lord of the Flies written by William Golding in 1954, evil is depicted as a terrorizing force that lives deep down inside of man which must be controlled. During the beginning of the novel the boys symbolize a community, united as one, but as the novel progresses Ralph and Jack slowly drift apart, ripping the community into two different groups, the civilized and the savages.Ralph symbolizes the sensible, sane part of mankind. He tries to setup an orderly society, based upon rules, but struggles to do so because the boys lack obedience. "He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were." (p. 49) Ralph is talking about how everyone begins to carry out a certain task as a whole, and then suddenly disperse one by one. Ralph also finds himself struggling against the evil forces of Jack.On the other hand, Jack symbolizes a savage dictator. "Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a blush of mortification." (p. 19) From the beginning Jack didn't like the idea of Ralph being chief, the idea of not being in charge of everyone else, and the idea of having to obey orders given by someone else, which marked the beginning of the everlasting struggle between Ralph and Jack. So as a compromise Ralph put Jack in charge of the choir also known as the hunters. "They knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into the living flesh; because of the unbearable blood." (p. 27) At first Jack was afraid of killing the living, afraid of what might happen, and afraid of how he might fell, but as the novel progresses Jack finds himself living for the hunt.The first sow slaughtered by Jack and his hunters was the turning point of the struggle between Ralph and Jack. It was also the first appearance of the true savage that lived within Jack. "Simon looked now, from Ralph to Jack, as he had looked from Ralph to the horizon, and what he saw seemed to make him afraid." (p. 62) Simon saw the procession of Jack and his hunters proudly hauling the dead sow up the mountainside chanting "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.," since Simon was looked upon as the religious figure...

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