Writing Assignment #1: Civility Or Savagery?, Lord Of The Flies

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Manal Ammagui10/06/14P-3Writing Assignment #1: Civility or Savagery?In William Golding's book Lord of the Flies, a group of pre-pubescent boys struggle to survive on an island by themselves, proving that there is a very thin barrier between civilization and savagery. The protagonist, Ralph, becomes the leader of the boys, representing civility and order. However, that position is quickly threatened by the presence of Jack and those that choose to follow him.From the beginning of the novel, Golding depicts Ralph as an innocent, yet strong, child, described as "…fair-haired and built like a boxer (pg. 7)." As their stay on the island grows however, Ralph quickly matures. After all the boys are gathered on the island, Ralph and Jack, the antagonist of the book, argue over who should make the decisions. The two boys settle for a democratic election of who the chief should be and Ralph wins. From that moment until the end of the book, the feud between him and Jack is evident. Ralph's biggest help on the island is his friend, Piggy. Both of them are eager to create a proper society on the island, having come to the realization that they will be rescued, but not for a while. To prove their want for civility, Ralph starts by deciding that whoever has the conch may speak. Ralph specifically says: " 'I'll give the conch to the next person to speak (pg. 33).' " Ralph then addresses the issue of the beast by confirming to the boys that: " 'You couldn't have a beastie... only get them in big countries, like Africa, or India (pg.36).' " By saying so, he shows how much he cares about the boys and proves his leadership role and influence over them.The most important thing to Ralph is the fire. The fire, to him, is a symbol of hope that they will be rescued....

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