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Lords Of The Fight By William Golding

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After a robotic bell sounds across a high school, hordes of students exit their classrooms and enter the hallway. After a minute, the congested hallway shows a variety of categories of student types. Those quick to get to their next class condense to their lowest form, while socialite trouble-makers shove each other in hopes of a “domino effect” of falling bystanders. Standing next to the two are the elitist seniors who, tired of high school, force through any cluster of students preventing their access. Luckily, these chaotic transition periods only last for a few minutes, but with a longer timeframe, more permanent damage is virtually guaranteed. Although fictional, William Golding predicts this type of situation in Lord of the Flies, except on a much larger scale. When his British schoolboys crash on a deserted island, similar defined social groups form, and due to their opposing viewpoints, begin conflict almost immediately. Using factors such as age and personality, the castaways, in their attempt to form society, create a feuding social hierarchy that, in microcosm of human nature, lead to the destruction of society and the sanity of all.
Almost immediately after the arrival to the island, a subgroup of the more outspoken older children, battle for control. The sound of a conch gathering all the castaways, a vote for chief is called. Almost immediately after the agreement, one of the older boys, Jack, states that he “ought to be chief….because [he’s] chapter chorister and head boy” (Golding 22). As a leader figure before the crash, it is expected of Jack to attempt to keep his power, but he tries to guarantee it at the moment it is up for others to take. His persuasive and likeable personality covers up his egotistical side, and partnered with the group respecting his older age, makes for a leader who, once handed power, will never give it up. Of course, as with most groups, there is another competition of power, in this case, Ralph. From the original vote, he won, but over time, Jack gradually regained control of the group. As expected, Ralph believed that he was entitled to his elected power, which is apparent in a simple command to his main follower, Piggy, after he begins to sway towards Jack’s violent ways: “I was chief, and you were going to do what I say” (70). At this point, Jack has already taken over some leadership from Ralph, and he knows that it has turned for the worst. Violence has taken over, and any form of democracy has been reduced to the bare minimum at best. Ralph, fighting for his democracy and alternative views from the mass, fuels a conflict between himself and Jack. Their conflict of order becomes clear when Jack essentially rejects Ralph’s powers. After Ralph reminds Jack of his elected status, he rebutts: “Why should choosing make any difference? [You’re] just giving orders that don’t make any sense….Bullocks to the rules!” (91). As a common dictator, Jack tries to revolt against the establishment. By his views of...

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