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Show how the sense of Order on the Island Deteriorates over the course of the novel,

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Show how the sense of Order on the Island Deteriorates over the course of the novel, "Lord of the Flies" The theme of order in "Lord of the Flies" is one of the main themes in the novel and is a topic of much discussion. One could relate this topic to mankind, as there is a parallel between the world of the island and the world the boys left behind; we can say that the island is a microcosm of the real world. Throughout the novel, the sense of order seems to decline as the boys spend longer away from their homes. This is due to a number of reasons, for example, panic, homesickness, and the idea that a beast is on the island At the beginning, the boys show signs of order by using the conch, holding regular meetings, electing a leader, or a "chief", and by having rules. Over the course of the novel, these signs of order deteriorate due to several factors: Ralph's leadership seems to deteriorate over the course of the novel. ...read more.

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In some respects, Jack reminds us of Hitler when he (Hitler) told the Germans what works he had done for them (the Germans). Jack and Hitler share many similarities: they are both strong leaders, they are both brutal, and they both lead their groups in a dictator-like fashion. Jack's Hitler characteristics are shown in chapter 8 where Jack holds a meeting. The language jack uses reflects his harshness, brutality and impatience (" "Quiet!" shouted Jack. "You listen" "). Golding intends this similarity because he wants to remind us about the subject, the significance of war and its impact on human lives. War always remains in the background yet it is an important extension of the main themes of the novel. Savagery and civilisation divide the boys on the island, and man has to deal with the same and similar issues on a world scale, therefore the island is a microcosm of the real world. Whilst there may be war on the island, we must remember that it was war that brought the boys to the island. ...read more.

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Chapter two includes the first mention of a "beastie" which takes the form of a "snake-thing". The "snake" symbolises the intrusion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The pathetic phallacy that follows ("a little coolness to lie under the trees") is ominous, and proves to be in chapter five where the fear of the beast increases dramatically and explodes. The split between the two groups becomes more evident in this chapter as the beast takes the form of a "sea monster". This idea of a "monster" rising from the sea shows that it really arises form the unconscious minds of the children. The deaths on the island also contribute to the fall of order within the group. Personally, I believe that the sense of order deteriorates due to several factors including the jealousy of Jack and the belief of a "beast-thing". I think that Golding is telling the reader about mankind and civilisation, such that if there were no civilisation in the world, mankind would create chaos. This is exactly what the boys show in the novel, and I think it is an effective message from Golding. Harry Bennett ENGLISH EC 10/05/07 1 ...read more.

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