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How appropriate is the concluding chapter as an ending to the novel Lord of the Flies?

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How appropriate is the concluding chapter as an ending to the novel? The concluding chapter of the novel Lord of the Flies builds up from previous chapters to a climax, showing the theme of the novel at one of its most intense stages. It reminds us of what the boys began like and what has happened to them, but is this sort of ending appropriate for the novel? From the very beginning of the novel Ralph and Jack have held grudges as to who should be leader. When Ralph is chosen over Jack, he tries to assert his democratic style of power, which Jack is uneasy with. Later on in the novel in chapter eight Jack gets so frustrated with Ralph that he decides to go of on his own and establishes a sort of splinter group. At the end of the novel when Jack has totally overthrown Ralph's power and taken or killed his friends, he decides to hunt Ralph. ...read more.

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Jack has absolute control over the boys and they are his army. This is what Jack has aimed for from the start. In the final chapter all the boys in Jacks 'tribe' are wreaking havoc on the island on the hunt for Ralph. When Ralph hides in a thicket the boys roll a large boulder down into the thicket, crushing everything in its path and narrowly missing Ralph. The boys work together to move it, showing that they all have an urge for exerting power over things. When Roger sharpens the stick at both ends and Ralph is told about it, it takes him a while to realise the absolute brutality which they are planning for. The stick sharpened at both ends was previously used to hold a sow's head in the ground. This usage of the stick shows us how the boys are going to treat Ralph as an animal. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is the restoration of civilisation, and it came just in time before the savagery claimed another life. The innate evil within the boys is at its most intense, as they are determined to kill Ralph, and have no second thoughts about it. Simon discovers the beast being within them, but he is the only one to understand the concept. Golding builds the concept from the start, and explores it to its maximum point. " Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart" Ralph, at the end of the novel, is suffering the evil of the others and is longing for a way out. My conclusion is that it is a very appropriate ending to the novel, as Golding sums up his main themes within it, and then contrasts them with the totally different real world. The difference between the to is so vast that I enhances the message that there is innate evil within everyone, even those who seem innocent. When order or rule is not in place, eventually civilisation will deteriorate to primitive savagery. ...read more.

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