Lord Of The Flies Themes Essay

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This was shown in the novel by how the boys, when they first arrived on the island, began to organize their new lifestyle by building fires to try to summon help and by building shelters. By the end of the novel they had abandoned this form of civilation and began to spend there days fighting between the two groups, that is between Ralph and Jack. As a result of this primitive and violent behavior, two were killed (Piggy and Simon) and another was lost in the fire they lit that burned one side of the mountain on p. 53; but that was because they were careless about the way they kept the fire going. Some of the themes in the story were a result of there nature as children, such as the way they instantly made fun of Piggy's name on p. 29 and how the younger children spent most of their days playing on the beach. But this is because they were only children and therefore acted like children. Another theme was the struggle for control of the island but this would happen with any group of people (ie: one person wants to be in control and do anything to get it). At the start Jack was embarrased when he was not made chief, and probably resented the fact that Ralph, who was smaller than him, had control of the group but Jack still had a small part of authority over the choir and most of the children that were smaller than him. This was not enough for him though because as the novel continued he slowly took over and by the end he had everyone in his group (the savages) doing his bidding which included hunting the others down to kill them. One other theme is Ralphs concern for the group and their escape from the island by using the fire. The reason that they were rescued was because of the smoke from the fire that Jack had lit to capture Ralph. He believed that without the fire there is no chance of being rescued so from this we can determine that Ralph doesn't want to stay on the island. His other problem was Piggy who he had to defend from the others and look after because of he problem with his eyes (He was unable to see without his glasses), he seemed to look after Piggy more than anyone else, maybe because he was the first that he met on the island or maybe because no one else would. Characters Ralph a) Ralph was made chief because he was the one that blew the conch, calling the meeting which showed the others that he was suited for chief. b) The leadership that Ralph offered was criticized a lot of the time because he wasn't able to control the "littluns" or many of the others but he still persisted to be chief and to keep things organized for the rest of the group. c) Jack's challengers towards Ralph made the job of chief more difficult but Ralph still maintained that the group had voted him chief and this usually held off Jack's attack on Ralph's leadership. d) Jack was always ordering others around and in the eyes of Ralph he appeared to be the one reason everything was falling apart. Piggy helped Ralph by protecting the "littluns" and he also...

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