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Lord Of The Flies (Wiliam Golding)Essay.

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Year 10 English- Assessment Task 2003LORD OF THE FLIES ESSAYLord of the Flies appears to be, a somewhat ill natured story about little boys isolated on an island. In reality it is a horrible story about the general characteristics and feelings of mankind.Being stranded on an island is a situation that can have a severe physical and mental impact on those involved. As the boy's on the island discover, such a situation can lead to their true selves breaking out from beneath their childish exteriors.Destruction, fear, death, authority and order are some of the themes William Golding presents us with; these themes will be discussed in this essay.In Lord of the Flies part of the nasty story is the destruction of order and the abuse of authority. When all the boys meets together in chapter 2, there is at first an agreement to order the island with a democratic system, and this is first represented by the 'conch', which is in effect the symbol for democracy on the island. " I'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking."(p.45) The whole system of democracy begins to fail early on in the book, Jack's stubbornness to cooperate is the main cause of this, he hunts on his own and takes away many of the boys from democracy." All at once the crowd swayed towards the island and were gone following Jack."(p.49)Most of the boys don't play their part in the democratic society as "They're off bathing, or eating, or playing."(p. ) Ralph makes meetings and everyone talks and makes decisions, but very rarely are these ideas actually put into action.Initially there is some conflict between Ralph and Jack, but this is just a struggle of ego's not necessarily showing any kind of savagery, but as the novel progresses Jack insists on dictatorship, he breaks the rules frequently and likes to control the group and not hear others views. Jack goes on to say, "Bollocks to the rules..."(p.114)This quote shows the boys are getting tired of the rules and the idea of civilisation is abandoned.Eventually Jack breaks away from the group and forms his own, who are complete savages and only seek to cause destruction upon the island. He becomes a tribal chief, dressing up as an 'idol'. The move from Democracy to dictatorship is shown through tribal dancing, chanting, feasting, and disregard for the littluns.Jack uses his hunting power against the boys by bribing them with the fact that he is the one that provides them with meat, but as well as providing it, he also has the power to deny them of it, "Jack meant to refuse meat as an assertion of power..."(p.92) Jack unfairly teases the boys with the power he has over them, but eventually he always seems to give into them. By doing this, the boys respect him, but he also expects them to remain forever grateful for his offering. Bribing them to become a member of his society, with questions like, " Who'll join my tribe and have fun?"(p.186) Jack is offering fun and excitement, while Ralph is still...

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