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Explain how the boy's behaviour and sense of order begins to disintegrate in chapter 5 of Golding's "Lord Of The Flies"

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Explain how the boy's behaviour and sense of order begins to disintegrate in chapter 5 of Golding's "Lord Of The Flies" Reading about the appearance of the boys and the rules they are flaunting, the audience learns that order on the isolated island is disintegrating. The boys no longer care for the rules that were established by Ralph and are beginning to form an alliance of their own. The conch is rapidly losing its role as being the item that summons order and some boys are becoming anxious by the beasties that are not real, but fear is travelling from the small boys to the older ones who contemplate about the beasties. It is this anxiety of the unknown, which creates fear leading to the boy's disintegration. As the days of waiting continue, the boys care for the rules are nowhere to be found. This disregard of the laws of the land, implemented shortly after the crash, is starting to annoy Ralph, the lawmaker, and he summons a meeting. "Look at us! ... ...read more.


Both seem true. The island is not what it is supposed to be. It is not a sunny beach with palm trees, it is not a holiday island with soft lapping waves and it is definitely not a pleasant setting. The dreams too are not pleasant things. This leads me to think that the reason order is breaking down is from fear of the island and fear of the unknown on the island. The appearance of the boys seems to disintegrate as time passes as well as the order. "The folds were stiff like cardboard and unpleasant" is used to describe Ralph's shirt as he goes to the meeting. It tells us how over time the one thing that they have from the past civilisation, apart from the civil order, is rotting and becoming uncomfortable. It shows that the shirt, like the order, is disintegrating. Folds suggest that something was full has now become something smaller. "Stiff" suggests something uncomfortable and has connotations of impaired mobility and unmovable. I feel that the quote is referring to the boys. ...read more.


The opinions of the boys are tearing the group into two, stronger and weaker, and as this is occurring, the order disintegrates and the boys are turning more savage. To settle issues, they resort to fighting instead of more diplomatic talks. This reminds me of what people were like in times before. It makes me think that the boys are disintegrating into a civilisation of the past like Egyptians or cavemen and not evolving into the men of the future. In chapter five, Golding shows the boy's disintegration through who they are and what they wear. I think the author tries to show that the boys are disintegrating in personality and clothing so that the audience is aware of what is occurring. The boys can be judged by their covers because they are dirty and not the same as before. The disintegration is due to the boredom and fear that the boys suffer from and the mix of views of how the island should be run. The boy's disintegration is shown by the boy's use of primal instincts such as fighting and hunting instead of more modern means of discussion to establish who are the leaders. ?? ?? ?? ?? Oliver Miocic 11 MW ...read more.

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