How Does Golding Present The Civilization In Lord Of The Flies

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In the Lord of the Flies, William Golding investigates the theme of civilization. Some boys are left on an island to fend for themselves. The idea of the book is that every human is born a savage, that it is our instincts. The book puts our characters alone without any guardian or government. Society can mask our natural ways, but it cannot completely change us. They decide to make their own civilization, in which Ralph is a figure of democracy, while Jack is a figure of Dictatorship. Piggy is the rational and intellectual one. The book explains what would happen when they fight for who thinks they're right without any real laws. They choose Ralph as their leader, because he represents responsability. Ralph is afraid that Jack is too savage and feels intimidated, so he put's Jack as the leader of the hunt team. This allows them both to lead while both leading in different ways. Once Jack releases his savagery, he overthrows Ralph and convinces the other people to join his side. Jack is not the only representation of savagery, Roger also follows suit. They are both shown as evil.

At the start of the book it shows the boys as nice and innocent english boys, but by the end of the book it shows them as savages who hunt and kill to live, and do not care for a government or civilization. They make a religion based around the belief in the 'Beastie'.
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Immediately the thing sounded. A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms, spread through the intricacies of the forest and echoed back from the pink mountain." (p. 17). I believe the conch symbolizes law, and during this quote the boys were trying to be responsable and create a civilization to stay sane and alive. The instict of human's led to the destruction of their civilization. This begins when Ralph's intent is to build a civilization and keep a fire, while Jack's intent is to hunt and kill. This becomes a conflict when Jack let's the fire

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