Lord of the Flies - Civilization vs Savagery

2896 Words Sep 15th, 2011 12 Pages
William Golding’s experience in World War II had an overwhelming effect on his view of humanity and the evils of which it was capable. After the war, Golding resumed teaching and wrote his first novel, Lord of the Flies.

Lord Of The Flies tells us the story of a handful of young schoolboys who had been marooned on an island as the plane that they were travelling, on to escape the war was shot down. The only survivors were the passengers, British schoolchildren between the ages of six and thirteen. It revolves around how the children cope without the structure of authority, civilization and the watchful eye of grown ups.
Though the novel is fictional, its exploration of the idea of human evil is at least partly based on Golding’s
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This bottled up rage on not being appointed leader would have disastrous consequences to the group of boys, especially Ralph and Piggy.
Chapter 2:
The conflict between the instincts of civilization and savagery emerges quickly within the group: the boys, especially Piggy, know that they must act with order and forethought if they are to be rescued, but the longer they remain apart from the society of adults, the more difficult it becomes for them to adhere to the disciplined behavior of civilization. In the First chapter the boys lead by Ralph try to recreate order and a system that will improve the quality of life on the island until they are rescued, but in Chapter 2 the enthusiasm and passion to do this is directed now to there more primal needs of having fun on the beach and playing in the water, this prevents them from acting responsibly and the only ones that do concentrate on improving there chances of being rescued are Ralph, Piggy and Simon. As a result, the signal fire nearly fails, and a young boy apparently burns to death when the forest catches fire. The controls of society still linger around the boys, who are confused and ashamed when they learn the young boy is missing, a sign that a sense of morality and goodness is still guides and restricts their savage behavior at this point.
Golding’s portrayal of the main characters among the group of boys contributes to the allegorical quality of Lord of the Flies,
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