When a group of English schoolboys find themselves stranded on a deserted island, abnormalities emerge as their own society begins to formulate some kind of structure within their own microcosm. The purpose of having solely boys inhabiting the island draws great significance in the theme of the novel. The young characters are only half-formed creatures, therefore hovering between civilization and savagery. When given guidance and order, the boys follow as told but when left to make their own decisions they lead to instinctive cruelty and violence. In chapter one, it was established that Ralph was to be chief of the group but tensions arise as Jack, a natural born leader and bully, strives to overrule Ralph with his ambitious hunting spirit.
In the “Lord of the Flies” Golding uses the conch as a symbolic, metaphorical-image to represent society and civilisation. The symbol of the conch is crucial to the idea of order and rules, and how it is slipping away from the boys. The conch’s significance is shown throughout the novel in which the conch brings them together and allows the boys to stay together but separates them as well. It is described with purity but is also shown to be becoming less influential on the boys later in the novel, particularly with Jacks disobedience with regards to the conch. When the boys, previously scattered on the island, come together, it is the conch which makes this possible; without the conch they would have still been separated.
The war on the island is just a model of the larger war that is going on all over the world during the story. Conflict is first becomes apparent in chapter 1 when the boys voted for Ralph to be the leader of the group, Jack became very angry, jealous and rebellious. It is almost an internal conflict which just involves Jack at this point of the book. This foreshadows later events which could lead into the separation of the groups, Jack and his choir, Ralph and Piggy. The boys instantly trust Ralph since he brought the boys together and called and assembly.
“Piggy”, an intellectual, being somewhat chubby becomes an outcast and is often mocked by his fellow kids, especially by the followers, who don’t think for themselves, only do what the dominant characters do. Later on, an outside enemy, the imagined “beast” of the island also appears on the scene. Jack promises to kill the beast getting more and more animalistic, but Ralph’s team still focuses on keeping the fire alive which results in the division of the group. The story ends is a tragedy with two boys dead so the mourning stage of group life becomes rather a relief for the
This puts a lot of pressure on Antoine as he starts to change into a better person because he knows his teacher has an extra eye on him and even if he messes up on more time he will not be forgiven. Antoine is also a primary factor to why he ends up alone on the beach. Throughout the film he is constantly taking part in a number of deviant actions from stealing and lying. It’s very apparent
This shows Jack's disrespect, for other humans. Ostajewski 2 While Ralph does prove to have good characteristics, Ralph keeps the boys under order through the meetings which he holds. At meetings a sense of order is introduce because the boys have to wait until they hold the conch to speak. When Ralph says in chapter two, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he's speaking."
The conch also gave each individual boy the power to talk while holding on to it. The Sow's head showed authority in the novel by manipulating the boys by using threats and fears. Ralph was the elected leader of the boys. He didn't strive for the power like Jack, it kind of fell into his hands. His power was very strong in the beginning of the novel but as Jack began to rebel against Ralph, the rest of the boys went along with him.
Jack is clearly Dove 2 hurt when Ralph is given authority over him. “Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification.” (Golding 23) As the novel progresses, Jack becomes obsessed with hunting, going off by himself for long periods at a time while the rest of the boys are at the camp. When Ralph becomes obsessed with rescue, Jack becomes obsessed with meat and killing. In the end, Jack fully gives in to his animal instincts and leads the boys to the savage side. The boys in Lord of the Flies change from civilized,
For a group of young boys stranded on a deserted island we can see how frightening it would be to watch this. As the book develops we can see how Jack becomes a meaner and more aggressive character and his goal to become chief comes clear to the reader. From the first moment Jack and the protagonist Ralph do not cope. Ralph representing democracy and order against Jack, which illustrates tyranny and savagery. At the time for the order boys to choose sides mostly choose the freedom and disorder by joining Jack.
It shows that Nick isn’t cautious and he gets distracted without thinking thoroughly about the consequences. He made an effort to try to leave, but somehow he kept on getting distracted, and couldn’t resist the temptation. “but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back as if with ropes, into my chair.” (pg. 35) As a narrator Nick has to have a strong mind, he shouldn’t get distracted and he should be independent. A narrator should be wise, and they should stand up for themselves, letting readers notice that they are wise.