William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

1763 words - 8 pages

The Beast that Kills Slowly
Savagery is the condition of being primitive, uncivilized or the quality of being fierce or cruel (Google). It is something that comes easy to everyone at certain times in our life. People will learn it is harder to be good than bad. Being bad comes natural to everyone; people like the thrill of taking a chance. People are trained to be civil and polite from the time one grows up and it is not that hard because of the society everyone lives in. What would happen if the people’s democracy fell and everybody is left with nothing? How would the citizens react? Would they act like they were trained to do ever since they were born, or would they disregard all of it and do as they please because there is no definite authority figure to tell them how to live. In William Golding's, The Lord of the Flies, he brilliantly tells a story of life and death and everything in between. His use of symbolism with the conch, beast, and lord of the flies is phenomenal. It is a story that makes you think. Every person, when faced with reality, may act civil now, but in a survival situation, human nature takes over in the end.
When a person is back home, they always have something to rely on. The boys from England crash in a plane on an uninhabited island while all the adults are killed in the crash. The boys might not know it, but they are searching for something to “call home” and to get them through this stop along each on of their journeys. The conch is an important key aspect to the story. While back home in England, the conch is rare and worth a great deal of money, but in on the island, it is worth hope. The conch gives the boys something to worship or idealize basically, but it holds a dangerous and dark power over the boys (anutakor “The Symbolism of the Conch Shell in Lord of the Flies”). Ralph and Piggy find the conch in the sand and rely on it to keep all the boys calm. This conch represents civilization and comforts the boys in a way. When in a meeting, the only boy who could talk was the one holding the conch. While in a meeting, they boys decide to elect a chief to be in charge. Ralph is the oldest and also the boy who found the conch, so all the boys thought he should be in charge. This gives Ralph all the power within the group after all the boys become infatuated with the precious conch. With nothing left on the island, the conch is power and with power comes responsibility.
To be a good leader, one must be willing to listen to suggestions, make tough decisions for the betterment of the group, and know boundaries. Ralph had good intentions in the beginning but soon begins to think only his way is right. But even when something can bring a whole group together, it can tear that same group apart. As soon as the power moves to Jack, the conch’s power over the boys disappears. Jack, Piggy, and Ralph start to fight and in the middle of the tousle, a boulder falls, killing Piggy and shattering the conch. Golding writes, “The...

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