Savagery In Lord Of The Flies By Sir William Golding

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Imagine a world where no rules apply. No Parents, no laws, no restrictions, no problems, right? Wrong. Without the presence of civilization, mankind would unravel and become a primitive, uncontrollable species. In the novel Lord of the Flies, this theme of savagery is revealed as the author, Sir William Golding, elaborates in detail of how man innately acts out his primitive urge of survival and dominance. The story shares that when a group of schoolboys survive a plane crash on a deserted island, they are electrified with happiness when they find out they have no parents to obey, or schoolteachers to listen to. Little do they know, but civility and order will help them survive, and when it is lost, chaos will prevail. The boys soon lose self…show more content…
Above all, Jack was the epitome of civilization and order. “Their bodies, from throat to ankle, were hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast, and each neck was finished off with a hambone frill” (19). The minute Jack and his group of choirboys were spotted marching in straight lines with rehearsed and simultaneous footsteps towards the other boys, they knew by the way he could lead such a coordinated and organized group of children, he proved to be an orderly, respectful, and rule-following member of civilization. Correspondingly, Jack was a rule-follower and very confident in his ability to be a civil member of society. “I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We’re english and the best at everything so we've got to do the right things” (42). Jack seemed just as if not more self-controlled as poised as the other boys. The way he took and agreed with such orders placed by Ralph proved his civil and respectful mannerisms. Incidentally, Jack showed slight evidence of his primitive instincts in the first assembly the boys held, yet shut them down because he was still influenced by the idea of civility. “He started up, then changed his mind and sat down again while the air rang” (23). The natural urge of evil and wrong-doing in Jack instinctively pushed him up to protest against Ralph being chief.…show more content…
Consequently, Jack realizes that without true civilization, there is no one to stop him as he embraces his urges to become a untamable creature. “He looked at himself in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger” (63). After Jack covers himself in clay, he knows this is what he has been yearning for; no pressure of society, no rules to follow, and no more civil influences to control his true impulses. Ironically, Jack refuses to obey the rules he used to follow and starts to disregard any authority held over him. “Bollocks to the rules! We’re strong- we hunt! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat-!” (91). When told to follow the rules, he shows his developing incapability for self-control as he shouts evil remarks. He is beginning to be controlled by his desire and thirst for bloodshed, and ultimately is becoming more ruthless with every passing day. As expected, Jack’s primitive instincts have nearly prevailed and taken him one step closer to being uncontrollable as he gathers the power to speak his mind. “Who thinks Ralph oughtn't to be chief?” (127). In the first assembly, civilization held him back from speaking his mind. After the presense of civilization is lost, so is the hope of Jack returning to his once civil and respectful manner. This is the turning point in which we see Jack candidly give in to his instincts and become something no one
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