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The Dark Side Of Man Essay

1008 words - 5 pages

William Golding demonstrates the gradual breakdown of all civilized rules and order and reverts the boy’s nature from civilized to a savagery. The boy’s actions reverted them to inferior state of living in which they became savages, but then again human nature is savage. It is shown throughout our history that we humans are savages on the inside and without order we would still be savages. And that’s why Golding demonstrates a perfect example on how it’s broken down. Throughout the novel there are various scenes were it shows how society breaks down without order. William Golding uses symbols to illustrate the breakdown of civilization and social order in his novel.
In the beginning the conch represented order because it was used to call meetings “ ‘We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us—’ ” (20) They use the conch to hold democratic meetings and to build rules so they can survive. Ralph only saw it as something to play with while Piggy saw it as a way to call the other kids that are on the island so they can regroup after the plane crash. Once shattered it symbolizes the order in the society they live in shattering “The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like a vapor.” (265) The breaking of the conch symbolizes their humanity in a way because they are still living on the island with rules, but once it’s shattered they lose their humanity and give into savagery and become beasts. The fire symbolizes both life and death it is depicted when they use the smoke from the fire as an S.O.S for a passing ship to see “If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.” (51) Another way it was used was to draw out Ralph from where he was hiding so they could kill him “They had smoked him out and set the island on fire.” Jacks tribe setting the majority of the island on fire was probably the best thing that could happen to them because it led them to being saved due to the smoke coming from the island. And it’s ironic how the kids on the island were having their own war while outside the island there was a war going on.
In addition, The breakdown of the civilization on the island kids were murdered by other kids in cold blood. One of the kids that were murdered in the novel was considered the Christ figure. Simon was considered a Christ figure because he he was kind to the littluns "Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach" (56). Simon is a kind kid and he resembles a Christ figure throughout the novel due to his traits. And when they are discussing about the beast Simon says "what I...

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