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How far do you agree that what the boys imagined was more responsible for their turning into savages than the actual conditions on the island? You should refer closely to ideas and events.

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How far do you agree that what the boys imagined was more responsible for their turning into savages than the actual conditions on the island? You should refer closely to ideas and events. The beast is the main reason responsible for the boys on the island gradually turning into savages. As the novel progresses and the boys grow more savage, their belief in the beast grows stronger. By the end of the novel, the boys are leaving it sacrifices and treating it as a god. The boys' behaviour is what brings the beast into existence, so the more savagely the boys act, the more real the beast seems to become. However, as well as the beast, conditions on the island also assist the boys' transformation. Problems are evident from the start of the novel in particular regarding the power struggle between Ralph and Jack and their very different attitudes to rescue. In the first section of the novel, the island itself is described as a paradise. It is very beautiful and described as an exotic place where 'the lagoon was still as a mountain lake- blue of all shades..' This ideal and beautiful description of the island suggests it is somewhere peaceful but even at the beginning; there are implications that this Eden is not perfect. The heat '..always, almost visible' is something which seems to be a flaw in this perfect scenery as well as the 'tangled foliage' and of course 'the open space of the scar' which builds on the sense of destruction. ...read more.


The beginnings of savagery are appearing as the boys dance around the fire in a very tribal manner, chanting and pretending yet again, to kill a pig. Ralph calls an assembly when he feels things spiralling out of control but again, the topic of the beast destroys the assembly. When Simon tries to explain 'mankind's essential illness' the other boys laugh at him similarly to the way they mock Piggy when he suggests the 'fear' is just fear of each other. The beast has already infiltrated the boys thinking and for the first time, they begin to lose some of their humanity when described as 'a dense black mass'. In response to the boys' request for a sign from the adult world, the parachutist falls onto the island. Ironically, this shows that the adults are no better than the boys in that destruction in the adult world is also increasing in severity. This is a sign that the threat has now become a physical reality. The boys go and look for the beast but only find castle rock. However, it is now clear the boys have started to lose their sense of morality, in particular Jack who suggests throwing rocks onto the enemy. This comment is very sinister and shows the capacity for evil in Jack is very great and he is beginning to shed his sense of shame, self-consciousness and right and wrong. ...read more.


The beast causes the boys to begin worshipping the evil on the island and forgetting the civilization that they left behind. As the boys on the island progress from well behaved, orderly children longing for rescue to cruel, bloodthirsty hunters who have no desire to return to civilization, they naturally lose the sense of innocence that they possessed at the beginning of the novel. But Golding does not portray this loss of innocence as something that is done to the children but something that results naturally from their increasing openness to the evil and savagery that has always existed within them. Golding implies that civilization can hide but never wipe out the sinister evil that exists within all human beings. The forest glade in which Simon sits in Chapter 3 symbolizes this loss of innocence. At first, it is a place of natural beauty and peace, but when Simon returns later in the novel, he discovers the bloody sow's head impaled upon a stake in the middle of the clearing. The bloody offering to the beast has disrupted the paradise that existed before-a powerful symbol of human evil disrupting childhood innocence. At the end of the novel, Ralph weeps for the 'darkness of a man's heart' showing the essential evil that resides within each human being and the terrible things that happen when power, anarchy and unbridled savagery reside over morality and civilization. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zainab Alkaisy ...read more.

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