Lord of the Flies – William Golding
“The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now – and the ship had gone” Golding (91). In the classic novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding makes the unforgettable transformation from civilized British boys to violent, feral savages. When we start the novel we first encounter Ralph. Ralph represents leadership, and civilization. Ralph is the one who forms the notion that the boys should have rules, a meeting place, a fire, and huts. First and foremost, like a good leader would, Ralph found the need to establish rules that everyone would have to follow to maintain a wonderful and flourishing society. Golding shows this in the beginning of chapter two, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking…Piggy was standing cradling the great cream shell and the shouting died down.” Golding (33). When Golding uses words such as “great shell” to describe the conch, he emphasizes how the magnificent shell is the ultimate symbol for civilization. With the conch everyone has the right to speak and will not be interrupted. I mean what would a society be without rules? Ralph is the twelve year old with the overall sense of democracy and order on the island. Piggy is the intellectual with horrid eyesight, bad weight problems, and terrible asthma. He is the most picked on by all of the boys, despite his greater intelligence. Piggy represents the realistic world. Piggy is vital asset to Ralph’s growing society. He provides a look into the real world even if the boys don’t realize it. Piggy looks at the world through realist eyes. He suggested that the group of boys build a sundial so as to tell the time. Golding uses this to show how Piggy is actually trying to find alternatives to their situation. Sadly, Piggy’s brilliant idea was shot down. Also when the scare of the beast arose, Piggy stated that there is no such...
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