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No rules leads to chaos - Lord of the flies

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In today's society, rules control peoples' everyday lives. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the result of a society without rules and regulations is demonstrated throughout the novel. The boys of the novel are abandoned on an island without adults and only their own teamwork and knowledge to keep them alive. The boys become completely different people then they normally would in society, and become deranged without rules to keep them sane. They then become savage-like and start to kill their teammates and friends. Rules are essential to the survival of society. Without rules, death and destruction are rampant. A lack of rules causes fights and disagreement. When there are no rules or punishments for people's actions, things can get out of hand. " Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever...The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee..." (Golding 200). Because there were no rules against murder and torture on the island, some boys decided they could kill without punishment or regret. ...read more.


(Golding 95). Because Ralph is not an adult, he does not have the power or authority to control and discipline the other children. He cannot punish them, and therefore they do not take him seriously. Children cannot make rules for other children to follow, and even attempts at creating symbols of power do now work. Since only adults who have power seem to be able to control children, symbols made by children as an attempt to make them listen cannot. Even if there are symbols of power that children are directed to respect, they will not listen if there is not an adult to discipline and control them. " 'I got the conch' 'Conch! Conch!' shouted Jack, 'we don't need the conch any more.'" (Golding 110-111) Ralph tries to control the boys by making the conch a symbol of power that they must respect, but because there is no discipline, the boys will not respect the rule. Even trying to give the boys things to do so that they can be controlled does not work. ...read more.


(Golding 168). The boys have no rules to keep them under control, and keep them calm. Because of this, they start to dance around the fire, scream, chant and act without thinking. The boys' emotions can also cause them to turn into deranged killers. When the boys are excited, and there are no rules or discipline to stop them, they start to kill like savages without thinking. " At once the crowd surged after it, poured down on the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws." (Golding 169). Because the boys have no rules to keep them in line, they start losing control of themselves. This leads to killing Simon. The savage-like behavior of the boys greatly reflects the idea that rules are essential to the survival of society. It is apparent that rules are essential to the survival of a proper society. A lack of rules leads to death and destruction, and incapability for children to manage their lives, and live them properly. It also begins their transformation into savages. Destructive behavior results from a lack of control and rules. Wednesday, December 15, 2003 Casey Hall 11 ...read more.

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