Conflict Between Barbarism and Reason in Lord of the Flies Essay

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Conflict Between Barbarism and Reason in Lord of the Flies William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a carefully constructed fable that was, in Golding's words, "an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature." (Grigson 189). The novel shows a group of English boys reverting to savagery on a Pacific island. The book deals with the conflict between humanity's inner barbarism on one side, and the civilizing influence of reason on the other. Each of the two characters I have chosen to contrast and compare is presented in the novel as the most influential representative of each of the two sides. Jack, the chief of the hunters, representing the hidden human passion and almost animal cruelty,…show more content…
-" Almost too heavy." Jack grinned back. -" Not for the two of us." Together, joined in effort by the burden, they staggered up the last step of the mountain. Together, they chanted One! The first, although hidden conflict between Ralph and Jack, the conflict between the two sides, arises when Ralph is elected or appointed as the chief, "the one who decides things". The reader feels that Jack's vanity has been hit by the loss. Ralph counted. -" I'm the chief then." The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack's face disappeared under a mortification. Even then the relationship and attitudes of the two boys remain almost the same. They both agree on the need of fire, on the need of shelters and on the need of meat. Nonetheless, one can feel that after Ralph had been elected for the chief, the Jack's side of "reasons" and Ralph's common sense start separating from each other. At first Jack and his hunters do what they are asked to, but as time goes on, they start to participate in different activities and neglect those needed for the sake of the boys' salvation. Ralph spoke. -" You let the fire out." Jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him.
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