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Lord of the Flies Begins with Making Friends and ends in death and violence. What do you think the main reasons and what is Golding trying to show by it?

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Introduction

Lord of the Flies Begins with Making Friends and ends in death and violence. What do you think the main reasons and what is Golding trying to show by it? " Lord of the Flies" by William Golding tells us about a number of English School boys stranded on an island. To survive by themselves without adults, they elect a leader, set up rules and perform basic survival skills. Soon, arguments and conflicts arise about their lifestyle and duties within the group. As some of the boys' delicate sense of order fades, their behavior starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. The main reasons for the boys' actions that cause death and violence include having a common aim, craving for power, rules that aren't being carry out. Golding tries to show this by having the boys set up territories and rituals, the deaths of Simon and Piggy, changes in clothing and appearance, rule breakings and changes in language. The first reason for the change is that the boys all having a common aim. Before they elect a leader, they don't know each other so well, not knowing the aims of one another and what their personalities are. ...read more.

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Because of having to wear their clothes full time, the boys take off most of it. "Jack planned his new face. He made one eye socket white, then rubbed red over the other half of his face and slashed a black bar of charcoal from right ear to left jaw" (65). Jack wanted to hunt without the pressure of losing his dignity as an English schoolboy, to not care about the consequences by putting on a mask. Jack makes the other boys do the same too! (painting their faces). In terms of language, we can see the change in Jack, he was a gentleman at first, saying that they are not savages and English schoolboys are food at everything. Then, he says, "Bollocks to the rules! We're strong- we hunt if there's a beast, we'll hunt it down!"..." (49). This transformation in language tells us how the boys will change over time. The attitudes of the boys to one another also changes, they are ruder, such as Jack shouting at Simon, " Eat, Damn you!", the rule breaking is also an important change in the boys, Jack breaks the rules by not speaking with a conch. ...read more.

Conclusion

This story is a representative of society, examples of the people, for the evil that exists in society: fear, jealousy, ignorance etc. the third main message that Golding wants to say is that with a common goal, violence can occur and things can go horribly wrong. Jack being the new chief also reflects how absolute power corrupts a person's thinking and makes him unable to make the correct decisions. Jack being able to control everything made him lose his mind. Transforming into a savage. In conclusion, William Golding wants to tell us that absolute power should never fall into a single person's hands, as it will corrupt a person's mind. There is an evilness within every one of is, how we live as a person and what our personalities are all depends on how well we control our inner beast, not unleashing it. The temptation of power changes a person entirely, Jack from an English school boy to a ruthless savage, The most important point stressed in this story is definitely how we cannot live without rules, society breaks down without rules and humans will fall back in time- turning into savages. ...read more.

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