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Write about the significance of the conflict between the boys here and how Golding uses this conflict in the novel as a whole.

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Kate Graham Write about the significance of the conflict between the boys here and how Golding uses this conflict in the novel as a whole In this passage from Chapter 4 we as readers are shown the significance of the conflict between the boys as major themes collide with each other. Golding continues to use this conflict in the novel when demonstrating the roles of the boys and their personalities when interacting with each other. Firstly Piggy is shown attempting to stand up for the better of their society pleading the case of the fire and it's importance, but then is portrayed in his usual role as a victim because when Jack hits him, animal imagery of a pig is used to emphasis his venerability within the group: "Piggy sat down with a grunt" Piggy's glasses also get broken, this is a key event as his glasses are particularly symbolic as they symbolise clarity of vision for Piggy as, from the beginning of the novel Piggy has always been realistic saying that they may never get rescued etc. But it is interesting how Jack breaks his glasses indicating maybe how Piggy's "clear vision" has been broken and by Jack, who Piggy now becomes fixated with through hatred. ...read more.


Especially at the beginning of the passage: "There was a brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled common sense." This extract shows a major theme in the book- Jack versus Ralph/ Democracy versus Dictatorship/ Rescue versus hunting. Golding gives the readers an insight of each boys ideas of survival- Jack's, to hunt and basically survive, and Ralph's, to be rescued and live in a morally correct society. At the start of the novel Ralph wasn't viewed as the ideal leader as he wasn't overly intelligent or mature, but through the latest chapters Ralph is starting to grow up and control his emotions without standing on his head. This change is especially noticeable in this chapter when he calls a meeting at night, its almost like he's had an epiphany finally seeing things for what they are- that Jack is competition, and is trying to gain control of society which much threaten Ralph. He's more mature and tactful planning the assembly, what to say etc: "thought was a valuable thing, that got results..." Ralph later in this passage makes a symbolic action when he stands up to Jack when he starts to hit Piggy showing ...read more.


getting fruit that the little 'uns couldn't to feed them, walking into the forest at night yet seeming peaceful proving that darkness doesn't necessarily mean evil. And again at the end of this passage when Piggy's glasses had been knocked off by Jack: "He went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings." This shows Simon helping Piggy in his time of need, when he's blind helping him to see again. Also in the second sentence I think Simon is in a way having a premonition, seeing into Piggy's future how he's going to die, as when Piggy dies its within a struggle when passions are high, on a mountain-top in a way as Piggy falls into the rocks below. Personally I feel that this passage really sums up the way the characters are developing and how this is going to affect the novel as a whole. With Jack turning to savagery without the presence of adults and society, Piggy being shown as a victim and weak, Ralph becoming increasingly individual, mature basically gaining leadership qualities standing up for his beliefs no matter who's questioning i.e. Jack. Finally Simon recognising man's inhumanity to man and Piggy's doomed ending. ...read more.

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