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The Civil vs. the Barbaric.

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Justine Jennings Period 5 October 28, 2003 The Civil vs. the Barbaric KABOOM! BANG! CRASH! As the boys crash land on the island and are exposed to a new life of order and commotion, of conformity and savagery, and of good and evil, they will gradually discover the defect of the absence of adults. The children will live without an adults realistic protection, in which they took for granted and thought they could live with out. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, a microcosm is continually shown through the conch and its deterioration and Jack's desire for power. From the beginning to the end of the Lord of the Flies, the conch represents civilization and the corrosion of society among the boys. ...read more.


Roger kills Piggy and the conch, "exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist" (Page 181). From a balanced society to a crumbled barbaric tribe, Jack and his savages disintegrate the conch's control. Ralph was simply stripped of his title of chief and left as a fugitive. The conch is a symbol of uniformity and order, the equivalent to an adult. Throughout the Lord of the Flies, Jack, is shown to have a bad temper and a need for power. For instance, when Jack and his choir are introduced and a vote is in session, Jack declares, "'I ought to be chief...because I'm chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp'" (Page 22). ...read more.


Jack casually changes himself from a favorable head-choir boy, to a surly barbarian. As he does so, he drags, by force, the other "biguns" into his scheme. Jack entrenches fear and even pain, comparable to ruthless dictators, such as Hitler. Overall, in the Lord of the Flies, the conch is the creator of civilization and Jack is the destructor of it. Not only does the conch link directly to the beginning of civilization, but could be compared to a newly developed country, which allows itself to create turmoil or get involved with war. This, in turn, could lead to the shattering or downfall of the society. Jack, on the other hand, would be the cause for the disintegration of humanity. Through ruthless tactics and abusive gestures, Jack would be the "Hitler" of the island, by exterminating the worthless. 1 ...read more.

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