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William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies presents significant issues relating to the concept of conflict. Through analysing characterisation and symbolism it is evident that conflict can be destructive to social order. The Black Eyed Peas music clip “Where is the Love?” portrays the damaging nature of conflict, resulting in chaos, by the use of binary oppositions and rhetorical questions. The combination of Lord of the Flies and “Where is the Love?” shows the viewers that conflict can be destructive to social order. Golding’s Lord of the Flies explores the negative consequences of conflict between civilisation or savagery; the instinct to work toward civilisation and order or the instinct to descend into savagery, violence and chaos. This is shown through the characterisation of Ralph and Jack as they act as binary opposites. Elected leader of the boys, Ralph is the primary representative of order, leadership and civilisation in the novel. While, the strong willed, egomaniacal Jack is the novels primary representative of the instinct of savagery, violence and the desire for power; the antithesis of Ralph. “When I saw jack I was sure he’d go for the conch.”(Ralph) Ralph attempts to use the conch to employ civilised, social order, reflective of their lives before the crash. The conch is one of Golding’s symbols in the novel that represent civilisation. As the conch shell is crushed, the boys descend into Jacks leadership and savagery. The characterisation of these individuals represents societal breakdown and the progressive de-civilisation of the group. This thus challenges the concept of conflict. In the Black Eyed Peas music clip “Where is the Love?” our concept of conflict is challenged through the use of binary oppositions, rhetorical questions and repetition. The binary opposition is demonstrated through a montage of jump cuts. The juxtaposed mages reinforce the destructive nature of conflict. For example, there are images of violence, hurt, death, anarchy...
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