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Write an essay answering explain what went wrong on the island and why, in order to bring out what you think Golding has to say about how society operates.

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Write an essay answering explain what went wrong on the island and why, in order to bring out what you think Golding has to say about how society operates. Pedro Ferrer 10th Grade November 7, 2002 In Golding's novel, The Lord Of The Flies, a group of British children are stranded on a deserted island after an airplane crash. They manage to create their own society with rules and jobs. They chose Ralph, one of the oldest boys, as their leader. Meetings take place every once in a while in which the presence of democracy is visible. Everyone has a say in the group decisions from the smallest to the oldest boy. They divide into two groups, the hunters and the workers, in order to run the camp in a more efficient way. In order to get rescued they light a fire on top of a cliff so it is visible to ships from a distance. People would think that with all this planning and organization a society like this would be successful, but is it really successful? Adults might be unaware of this but children are capable of doing much more than what they think. Children are capable of doing evil and good. Unfortunately in this case the evil reigns the island and this whole society is shattered by its presence. Many things led to the failure of society on the island but it is the fear of the boys, their innocence, and the absence of authority in the island, which cause the breakdown of the society. ...read more.

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One clear example of this fear is Piggy's fright of Jack. When Piggy says, "I'm scared of him, and that's why I know him. If you're scared of someone you hate him but you can't stop thinking about him. You boy yourself he's all right really, an' then when you see him again; it's like asthma an' you can't breathe."(pg.93), Piggy shows that he fears that if Ralph would not protect him Jack would do something bad to him. Many boys are afraid of Jack when he had his mask on. This fear creates tension between the boys and this made the society crash. Another important factor that leads to the sinking of the society is the boys' innocence. They are all young boys about the age of eleven and lower. They still do not know much about themselves much less about the world. They are considerably mature for their age but their innocence blinds them from the truth. The boys thought that to make a society and to live with other unknown people is going to be easy, but they do not know what they are capable of doing. They never would have thought that their friends are capable of slaughtering each other. This innocence is a major cause of the failure of the society because they had no idea what they are getting themselves into, they are not prepare for what is coming. ...read more.

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(pg.62). The feud between Jack and Ralph would have never taken place because the chief would have been the adult. The children had to take care of themselves and they had to learn by the hard way but with an adult to direct them it would have been mush easier. No one would have gotten killed in the presence of an adult. The "beastie", or the tension between them would have not existed because the adult creates assurance in the children and it creates discipline on them. The system would have surely not failed if there were someone with experience and with education running it. Many of the children knew that it would be different if adults were there. Many of them wished to have their parents there or at least someone that represented authority. It is clear that many things led to the failure of society on the island but it is the fear of the boys, their innocence, and the absence of authority in the island, which causes the breakdown of the society. The boy's innocence and ignorance was the factor that led to fear, it was as well the blindfold that did not let them see clearly. This whole story would have changed completely if an adult were present in the island. This journey was the end of the boys' innocence and the start of their adulthood, as Ralph realizes in the end, "... Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of true..."(pg.202). ...read more.

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