Lord Of The Flies This Tale Was An Absolute Sea

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Lord of the Flies This tale was an absolute sea of conflict and scandal from the very start. Many relationships we saw in the beginning changed and warped into very new things. Each chapter was littered with confrontation and discord, but many of these seemed rather insignificant in consideration of the plot as a whole. However, there was one ongoing trouble: principal, and symbolic, the prominent theme in this novel. It was Ralph versus Jack- the classic rivalry between good and evil. This was Golding's ode to the rudimentary theme in his novel: corruption, anarchy, and finally, an epic Armageddon, embodied by the ruthless power-struggles of Jack and Ralph. In the introductory chapters we see outwardly that Jack and Ralph seem to be getting along quite well with each other. Although Jack, as a more demanding and less charismatic candidate, is defeated by Ralph in an informal election of a chief (Golding 22), he seems content to be the right-hand-man, and takes his failure in stride when Ralph gives him a consolation prize- the choir, which was to belong to him. We even find them sharing a moment of friendliness and smiles in this first chapter (Golding 23). This very first conflict between them shows us that the status-quo expectations of society have been cast aside in this utopia as the boys are still viewing it. One would expect Jack, obviously appointed or risen to his position of chorister and head-boy (Golding 22), to naturally fall into his place as leader on the island. The fact that this is simply not the case asks us to let go of the societal pretences we have come to accept. Later, we can sense tension building between Jack and Ralph, especially with regards to Piggy.The first very obvious differences surfacing between Jack and Ralph are seen in an act of violence on Jack's part when he smacks Piggy's glasses from his face and acts inappropriately after letting the fire out (Golding 71). This did not please Ralph, and merely reiterated the distaste he was having for Jack at that moment (Golding 72). This was Jack's reaction to the realization that he had lost Ralph's trust and respect, that he was no longer in good favour, and that Piggy was climbing the pedestal that had once belonged to him. Naturally, he acts out against Piggy, and the tacit contest for Ralph's attention and respect ensues. Jack's charade here, foreshadows the splitting apart of society, as the choir has been cast as the group which would rather hunt than be rescued, and although revered by some is persecuted in this time when sensibility and order are still in office. By this section, Jack's malevolent ways have finally surfaced, hostility and acrimony lie in the air, and we can feel a definitive crack forming in Ralph's colony. Their mutual feelings of competition and hostility are finally thrust into the open by Ralph, when after a dispute over courage and the like, he asks Jack simply, " Why do you hate me?" (Golding 118) with out an answer of any...

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