This essay will use three characters to show how William Golding explores the concept of civilization and savagery in his novel, Lord of the Flies.
The first character that is explored is Ralph. He represents civilization, ‘a face that proclaimed no devil’. Ralph is the elected leader and represents a democracy. He gives everyone a chance to speak provided that it is done in a fair and ordered manner. He is community minded. Ralph’s ultimate goal is to keep the fire going so that they can be rescued and return to the civilized world. He says, “Without the smoke signal, we’ll die here”. Ralph makes decisions based on what is best for everyone. Ralph misses the civilized world,