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Explain how things start to go wrong on the island in the first six chapters and what does this reveal about human nature?

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Introduction

Explain how things start to go wrong on the island in the first six chapters and what does this reveal about human nature? In the novel 'Lord of the Flies', William Golding wanted to explore how fragile human nature was. He chose the island to show that human beings need other people, social order and experience to survive. The reason that Golding chose this subject was because in 1954 which was the year in which he wrote the novel, there was the Cold War which in Goldings view was where evil was seen daily. This is what the main theme is about of the novel. The main theme is that all human beings possess a sense of evil. ...read more.

Middle

We see this when he says, 'there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that portrayed no devil'. On the other hand, Piggy is a boy who is portrayed as working class. In Ralph opinion Piggy is an outsider. We see this when he says, 'Piggy was an outsider, not only by accent, but by fat and ass- mar, and specs.' But Piggy is probably the most intelligent on the island and he is a thinker. Together, Ralph and Piggy support each other. This is mainly because Piggys common sense supports Ralph's common sense. When they work together, they possess qualities that the other one lacks. Things start to go wrong on the island when Jack is introduced. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes Ralph furious but Jack cannot challenge him so he takes it out on Piggy instead and breaks his glasses. These glasses are a symbol of order on the island and breaking them means that the order is broken. The order collapses completely when Jack forms his own tribe and is joined by many other boys although the group that still signal order, the conch group still, stands. At first the boys try to bring an orderly environment onto the island. This environment is from where they have come from. Due to their inexperience and Jack, their efforts of order collapse and Jacks tribe eventually become the dominant force on the island at the end of the first six chapters. A.M.D.G English Coursework Rizwan Osman 13th October ...read more.

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