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What is Golding telling us about society in Lord of the Flies? William Golding is trying to show savagery through the children in this novel

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Lord of the Flies What is Golding telling us about society in Lord of the Flies? William Golding is trying to show savagery through the children in this novel. He is telling us that anybody could have a savage side to themselves and it is how you control the savagery in yourself. In the first few chapters, the first point made is that there is a sense of normality and civility in the beginning that is occurring. Firstly the boys make one of the first rules which is to call assemblies with the conch and whoever is holding the conch can speak without interruption, 'We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us'. This shows that Piggy's thinking will lead to rules they will be setting and it shows a sense of order, early on in this novel. With the conch in the hands of Ralph, he calls an assembly, and a leader is chosen which is Ralph. This again shows order and civility. This shows that the boys can organise themselves and they are capable in peace. ...read more.


In the seventh chapter, there is more savagery than civility as the boys try to imitate them killing a pig using Robert as the pig and stabbing him with spears until they hurt him. The tension between Jack and Ralph is growing, 'Ralph heard the mockery and hated Jack'. This shows the hatred is growing and they are not working well as a group. The fear of the beast in the boys and a lack of society is stopping them working together as a group. In the eighth chapter, Jack's tribe hunt down and kill a pig, they cut its head off and put it on a stick which is embedded to the ground, as a gift for the beast. Later Simon encounters the head, and manages to start talking to the thing, although it is mostly in his imagination. The black cloud of flies coating the head causes it to now be called 'The Lord of the Flies'. The Lord of the Flies says "I'm part of you...We're going to have fun on this island." It continues to say that if Simon tries to talk to the others about the beast, that he will be killed by everyone, including Ralph and Piggy. ...read more.


Our society to today has changed to peace push after the world wars. However there are still some disregard for human life because of terrorism and these sort of things. At the end of chapter eleven, after killing Piggy, Jack says, 'See? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that!', he is clearly implying that he meant to kill Piggy. All of the other deaths were kind of 'accidents' because the group regrets it afterwards. In the killing of Piggy, Jack does not regret it. The final chapter sees the end of all this savagery and violence among the group. The group are rescued by the Naval Officer. The significance of the Officer in this final chapter is the way he turns a blind eye to the boys and waits for them to pull themselves together. In conclusion the Lord of the Flies is the picture of our society today. It shows the darkness or savagery of a man's heart and where the lack of control over this savagery can result in killing and violence. When laws and morals no longer apply to us then the savagery will be released. The picture of our society is a picture that exists and will remain with us wherever we go. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mahesh Vidhyadharan 11K6 ...read more.

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