Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In society, each person plays a vital role and serves a great importance. When dissipated, these roles can turn into scourges. This concept is delineated in William Golding 's novel, Lord of the Flies. After their plane crashes on a deserted island, a group of schoolboys attempt to create a functional and organized society whilst being forced to cope with the fact that there are no adults amongst them. Consequently, conflict and savagery emerge, leaving the boys with designated ranks consisting of varying levels of respect. These symbolic roles are the ultimate source of the boys’ corruption and failure to maintain order. Symbols including Ralph, representing order, Piggy, representing intelligence, and Jack, representing inhumanity, all work together in the downfall of their society. The intricate characters developed by Golding are all embodiments of different aspects of civilization, leading to the adulteration of the microsociety established in Lord of the Flies. To begin, Ralph, the elected leader, is symbolic of order. However, many of his beneficial suggestions are not conducted by the other boys. This lack of effort is conducive to the boy’s eventual failure. Ralph adheres to his position of leadership by establishing substantial rules. This can be seen when Ralph states, “‘And another thing. We can’t have everybody talking at once [...] I’ll give him the conch [...] I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking’” (Golding 33).
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