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The transformation from civilization to savagery. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the impulse to hunt, the fear of the invisible beast and the splitting of the group have broken down the social order that the boys establish on the island and replaced th

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The Transformation from Civilization to Savagery By Guan Jie Xue Civilization, which is defined as a high state of society, and Savagery, in which barbaric and violent conditions occur, have consistently been the two extreme aspects of the controversial human instinct. A civilization forms slowly and is frequently imposed by laws and orders that are established at the hands of the leader on the people's behalf. On the other hand, savagery takes place when the people start to break away from the sophisticated society and revert back to their primal human instinct. Owing to these facts, a civilization is as fragile as an eggshell and can easily descent into savagery just as democracy diminishes. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the impulse to hunt, the fear of the invisible beast and the splitting of the group have broken down the social order that the boys establish on the island and replaced them with chaos and violence. Hunting is generally regarded as a practice of pursuing the wild lives for food and trade; nonetheless, the hunting of the pigs, which is present on the island, has triggered the boys to become barbarians and ruthless animals. ...read more.

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After he hits the boar with his spear in the first time, he screams, "I hit him alright. The spear stuck in. I wounded him!" (Golding 124). It implies that he is overpowered by the feeling of supremacy, and his innate violence begins to reveal. Additionally, the act of hunting causes them to lose their ability to recognize each other's humanity. The boys are intermittently unable to distinguish themselves from the pigs, which they are killing for survival. It is depicted during their re-enactment of the process of hunting with Robert as a stand-in for the pig. At that point, they all get consumed by the excitement and almost kill him. Therefore, the practice of hunting the pigs facilitates their process of dehumanization. The illusion of the beast is the main element that provokes savagery and kindles the devastating destruction of authority and civilization on the island. The beast is primarily brought upon by the littluns' fear of the dark. "He says he saw the beastie, the snake thing, and... ...read more.

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The separation is mainly due to the conflict, which is dramatized by the clash between Ralph and Jack, who respectively represent civilization and savagery. While Ralph is trying to establish laws and orders and protect the common good for the group, Jack is seeking for powers over the boys to gratify his own impulses. As a result, their differences have created a huge race and eventually separate them into two tribes. In view of the fact that Jack blatantly ignores the rules of civilization, it is apparent that he pursues his selfish desire for power regardless the well-being of the rest of the group. The splitting depicts that the boys would rather fulfill their individual desires than work together as a united society, which would require everyone's input for the group. The boys' self-interestedness is highlighted when they decide to join Jack's tribe, in which is a society without orders and communal values. The popularity of Jack's tribe shows that the boys are only looking for unrestrained indulgence and are becoming more barbaric towards savagery. ?? ?? ?? ?? COURSE: ENG2D1-07 NAME: GUAN JIE XUE DATE: 2011/05/03 ...read more.

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