Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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“When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed”(Rand). This was stated by Russian-American novelist Ayn Rand; the extract relates to the novel William Golding wrote called Lord of the Flies. Golding wrote about a group of schoolboys trapped on an island from a plane crash. The boys had to figure out how to survive without grownups. Trying to survive was difficult because they had to have common sense and order. They lose those traits throughout the book which resulted in selfishness and corrupt behaviors.

Common sense is something we can all treasure as humans, though the boys in Golding’s novel didn’t have much. One of the characters, Ralph, showed common sense through wanting to make shelters, find food, and get saved. “There’s another thing. We can help them find us. If a ship comes near the island they may notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire” (Golding 38). Ralph wanted to build that fire to let someone know where they were and that showed common sense. On the other hand another character, Jack, showed he had a lack of discernment towards what work should be done first: “‘We want meat.’ ‘Well, we haven’t got any yet. And we want shelters. Besides, the rest of your hunters came back hours ago. They’ve been swimming” (51). He also let the others see doing whatever you want is more fun by not doing anything but hunting; he even went as far as letting the fire
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