Struggle Between Civilization and Savagery in Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding there is a constant struggle between civilization and savagery, however, in the novel, savagery prevails. This is evident in the constant struggle between Jack and Ralph and ultimate success by Jack whom represents savagery. Fear is an example of how savagery prevails over civilization, Jack used fear to overtake control from Ralph. Another example is the boys inability to stand up for themselves and for each other, meaning, if the boys like Roger, Sam, Eric, or the littleuns could go against Jack, they could have taken power from Ralph, therefore this would have caused civilization to prevail over savagery. The final point of how savagery overcomes civilization is the conch and in particular when it breaks. This demonstrates a total loss of power from Ralph and ultimate power for Jack, and therefore that there was a total loss of control and civilization. Throughout the entirety of Lord of the Flies there is a battle for power between Ralph and Jack. This was evident from the very beginning of the book when the group has to vote Ralph as their leader because Jack and Ralph both want to be the leader. Or shortly after Ralph appoints Jack head of the “hunter group” Jack starts to not respond to Ralph despite the fact that Ralph was appointed leader by the rest of the group, another example of Jack slowly trying to take power from Ralph is when the hunting group starts to uses
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