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Lord Of The Flies Civilization Analysis

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The Lord of the Flies is a novel about young boys who get stranded on an island. The boys have to survive on an island, with no adults! They land on the island with no knowledge of any others there. The boys then have to figure out a way to gather every boy on the island, for a meeting. Throughout the novel, the boys slowly direct themselves away from being civilized English boys to soon after, becoming complete savages. William Golding tries to prove, in his novel, how the rules of civilization prevent savagery, but on the island the boys slowly abandon the rules of civilization and follow human nature, becoming savages.
At the beginning of the novel, the boys have a system of rules which hold them together. The conch shell was important to set up the rules. Ralph spots the conch on the beach and Piggy shows him how they could use it to call a meeting with everyone on the island. Ralph blows the conch for a meeting. At the meeting, the first thing they do is vote Ralph as leader, then they set up rules, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking” (33). The boys decide they will have to set up lots of rules. These rules are set in place to keep the boys together, safe, and to help them be able to provide ways to get rescued. During this time, the boys are still civilized, they haven’t killed anything or anyone yet. After Jack sees the wild pig in the forest and hesitates to kill it, “[The boys] knew very well why he hadn’t: because of
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