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The Theme of Man versus Man in Lord of the Flies.

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Introduction

The Theme of Man versus Man in Lord of the Flies In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, one of the main themes is man versus man. In the novel, there are two competing instincts found in every individual: one that values peace among all, and stresses the good of the group. The other side values supremacy over others, and the good of one's self over others. In the novel, these values are symbolized in the two main characters: Ralph, who represents order, and Jack, who stands for savagery. This is apparent in the novel, with the boys originally all forming one tribe, but eventually splitting up, and joining Jack Merridew's group of hunters. The only ones remaining from the original tribe are Ralph, the original leader, and Piggy, his follower. This conflict between the civilized impulses of man versus the savagery of man exists throughout the novel. In the end, the winner of this conflict is Ralph, for he is the only one who does not give in to the nature of inhumanity. The novel centers on the two sides of man represented in character by Ralph and Jack. ...read more.

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This is one of the climaxes between Jack and Ralph, and ultimately, civilization and savagery. After this incident, Ralph becomes the hunted, and is pursued relentlessly by Jack and his hunters. At one point, Ralph even questions the point of continuing in a civilized nature. "Then, at the moment of greatest passion and conviction, that curtain flapped in his head and he forgot what he had been driving at."(Golding 163). Ralph is forced to hide out on the island, and realizes that Jack will never stop his search for him. He also wonders what he will do for food and fire in the future. Ralph's struggles after Piggy's death represent the greatest climax in the book: survival in a world of savagery. As Ralph is staking out Jack's camp, he encounters Sam and Eric guarding the lookout, who tell him that Roger has sharpened a stick at both ends. This could possibly be referring to the self-destructive capacity of the boys, and the danger they create for themselves. After his meeting with Sam and Eric, Ralph decides to hide out again, then figures out that Jack is setting the island on fire to try to snuff Ralph out. ...read more.

Conclusion

His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence . . . (Golding 202; ch. 12). 1 Para: title of book Author who has conflict What conflict about 2 Para: what is nature of conflict. What is the problem? Between whom? 3 Para: state dramatic climax. When boys are casing Ralph through the woods to kill him. (what i think it is) (what do you think?) 4 Para: state outcome of conflict: what happens? HOw is conflict resolved?(Naval officer comes to save them) Is it resolved? (Yes) 5 Para: conclusion restates thesis and does not contain any new information Quotes: Last page-"for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart." " �We have lots of assemblies. Everybody enjoys speaking and being together. We decide things. But they don't get done. We were going to have water brought from the stream and left in those coconut shells under fresh leaves. So it was for a few days. Now there's no water. The shells are dry. People drink from the river.' " Golding 79 ...read more.

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