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Weve got to have rules and obey them. After all, were not savages. Is this true in "Lord of the Flies"?

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Dave Anderson John Dawkins Cameron Partridge ?We?ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we?re not savages.? - Jack Merridew, (CHAP 2. PG 42.) William Golding?s Lord of the Flies follows the tale of a group of boys stranded on an isolated desert island, after their plane crashed. It takes place during an unspecified nuclear war; which was a major threat post WWII. Throughout the book Golding explores how a difficult situation can transform middle class English boys into having a much more savage nature, as well as splitting the ?good?, from the ?bad?. By the end of chapter 1, Ralph and Piggy have already formed some sort of order, and by the time Jack and his choir are introduced, Ralph is already being looked up to by the other boys; especially the younger ones, or ?littluns?. Jack appears, and instantly attempts to take over Ralph?s role and enforce his power by ordering his choir about as though he should be chief. ...read more.

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In chapter 2, the idea of ?the beastie? is introduced, by an unknown ?littlun?. Not only does this idea scare him, but also all of the other smaller kids, and to a point , the ?biguns? as well. This symbolises, not only to us, but the kids as well, that the island might not be all good, and they might not only be having fun as they thought they would. Other subtle words and phrases used, such as ?harsh cry? may also be a sign of events to come. The fact that the unknown boy who died in the forest fire would have been a massive shock to all of them. Not only is it the shock of someone actually dieing, but it is also the antipode of what they are used to, being safe at home. It might also slam the realization that they are in fact stranded. In the beginning of chapter 3, Jack?s ?obsession? with hunting is clearly apparent, right from the start. ...read more.

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Jack?s evolving hatred towards Piggy is probably due to the fact that Jack is such a different character to Piggy so he might not be used to Piggy?s personality and this could unsettle him. Jack could also possibly be jealous of Piggy?s intellect. They also have very different methods of problem solving and survival. Jack is more brute force whereas Piggy is more strategic. Jack is also very used to being in charge as it was what he was taught in the choir. As in chapter 1, when he thought that he should be chief and Piggy saw through Jack and saw the possible evil which lurked within. Overall, Jack?s statement may have had some credential towards the beginning of the book, but towards the later chapters, both reader and character see that it is becoming increasingly difficult to retain order and a basic civilization due to the way that all of the kids behave. This reinforces Golding?s idea that there is a savage element in all of us. ...read more.

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