Lord Of The Flies Critical Analysis

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The young boys in the novel, Lord of the Flies experience the effects of being drawn from the society they had known their entire lives. The main characters of the story have been abandoned on an island, beginning as boys who have never lived without a superior. While the characters are physically detached from society, the reader will see they become metaphorically detached from society as well. As the boys change and move closer to savagery, there becomes a conflict between civilization and savagery, a loss of innocence, and an acquisition of power, which further indicates their detachment from society.
The beginning of the novel is the first instance of separation from society, when the boys come to the realization that they are alone, with no contact to the outside world. This leaves room for the boys to morph into the savages that they will later become because they no longer have the influence of civilization to tell them right from wrong. The reader will see that Ralph will be elected into the position of a leader because the boys need the stability of having someone as their superior. However as the boys become more detached from civilization many of them no longer share the same views and resist Ralph's urge back to civilization. For example, Ralph says,
“Just an ordinary fire. You’d think we could do that, wouldn’t you? Just a smoke signal so we can be rescued. Are we savages or what?” (Golding, 243) He knows that the fire is their only chance of being rescued and being able to return to civilization. By the end of the book, the boys have lost their innocence and are at war with Ralph, their only lasting connection to society. Therefore, by being at war with Ralph, they are at war with their tie to civilization which emphasizes the civilization versus savagery divide. The next theme that the reader will encounter is the loss of innocence of the boys. They arrive on the island with no intentions of ever committing murder. For example,
"Jack's face was white under the freckles he knows that he still held the knife aloft and brought his arm down replacing the blade in the sheath." (Golding, 31)
Jack, upon first arriving on the island, was unable to kill small pig, but by the end of

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