Order Versus Chaos in Lord of the Flies

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“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 225). In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, he uses the theme of order versus chaos to show that good has the capacity to become evil. It starts with the boys’ beginnings on the island, to the breakdown of their society, to the tragedies that unfold their civilization. The boys are victims of a deteriorating civilization that turns them into ruthless and more animalistic characters without any law, order or control. The boys’ beginning on the island starts with a very positive and playful atmosphere. To begin, Ralph and Piggy find a conch shell that they think will help call…show more content…
This occurrence causes problems between Jack and them. Next, Jack and his hunters become much more savage. They first wear war paint on their faces and eventually start hunting fully naked. They also ritualistically act out a hunt on Robert and nearly beat him to death. Their most brutal hunt to date is when they kill the mother sow. Once they slow her down enough to take action, they stab her many times and ignore her screams and squeals as Jack slits her throat, guts her, and sticks her head on a staff as a sacrificial offer to the beast that they think exists. This situation proves the progression from happy to evil by all the savage acts that would not have happen before the plane crash. The tragedies that unfold their civilization occur when they brutally beat Simon to death. After Jack and his hunters place the mother sow’s head in the forest as an offer to the beast they think exists, Simon encounters it and sees that it is covered in flies. Suddenly, the head started to talk to Simon as he feels like he is going to faint. It identifies itself to be the Lord of the Flies. It says, “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” (Golding 158). Simon then realizes that there is no physical beast, but a mental beast in each and every boy on the island. They all went from being joyful to a bunch of savages. Their
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