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Lord of the Flies - "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages", Page 42, Chapter 2. Discuss Jack's statement in the light of events if Chapters 1 - 5.

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Palvinder Mann 10G Engish Mrs.Marshall 1st October 2004

Essay Question: "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages", Page 42, Chapter 2. Discuss Jack's statement in the light of events if Chapters 1 - 5.

This particular statement seems to be contradicted and supported during various parts of the story. When Jack first makes this statement, he is not aware of what lies in their future, and how they will take their first steps into savagery in order to satisfy their need to survive on the island upon which darkness and doubt has descended after the ecstasy of freedom had been spent.

In chapter 1, the boys are excited about their freedom, especially since there are no adults to tell them what to do. But their old ways somehow make them continue to adhere to their civilised ways and they quickly elect a leader (Ralph) and decide what should be done. Obviously, the boys still display some of their child-like qualities, for example when Ralph was teasing Piggy about his name. But Ralph is the boy who shows the qualities of a leader. He manages to spread peace

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