Analysis Of ' The Lord Of The Flies '

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Randall English-4 15 April 2016 LOTF Literary Analysis Stranded on an island, a group of boys have the choice to be civil or savage. In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, British schoolboys are marooned on an island. They voted Ralph to be the leader in an effort to remake the culture that they had left behind, accompanied by the intelligent Piggy as counselor. But Jack wants to be the leader too, and he individually lures all of the boys away from civility to the brutal survivalism of hunters. The conch symbolizes power, respect, and social order. Within the Lord of the Flies, Golding provides a brief look at the savagery that controls even the most civilized human beings. William Golding mirrors our modern day society by…show more content…
"All this I meant to say. Now I 've said it. You voted me for chief. Now you do what I say." They quieted, slowly, and at last were seated again. Ralph dropped down and spoke in his ordinary voice (Golding 81). All that Ralph needs to do is point that all of the boys chose to follow a specific set of rules. When a country is struggling, people look toward leaders that symbolizes something good, just as the just as Ralph was chosen to be Chief because of his symbolic power. “Ralph was vexed to find how little he thought like a grownup and sighed again. The island was getting worse and worse” (Golding 139). When Ralph observes that order is falling apart, he says the island is becoming worse and worse, rather than the boys. The simple fact that Ralph blames the island instead of the boys proves he is a good leader, and a good leader is civil. The conch symbolizes power, respect, and social order, just like Ralph. "But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart" (Golding 22). This quote shows how the conch and Ralph are connected in the boy’s heads, Ralph has the conch and he has authority so that sets him apart. This is the reason the boys voted for Ralph instead of

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