The Evil Of Society In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Society is built upon fascinating cultures along with many religious beliefs. Although it’s not perfect, we conceive it as being civilized. Nevertheless, our communities are all dependent on people. This proposes that the defects we can see in our society are caused by defects that are present in human nature. In the novel “Lord of the Flies,” William Golding demonstrates how civilization is devastated when humans wonder to the dark sides of their instinct. In his works, several characters, such as Simon and Piggy, represent the more formal side of Man. However, protagonists, like Ralph, transition from their diplomatic selves to savagery. This supports the claim Golding and I share that at his core, all Man is still barbaric even with his attempts at tamed behavior.
In the story, a plane is struck down, crashing it on an isolated island. A number of boys, now distanced from civilization, survived. Throughout their times on the isle, many among the group tried to establish order and structure. These include Ralph, Piggy, and Simon, who resemble the accommodating side of society. During their time, Ralph was elected to be the leader, which established a form of jurisdiction and control. He comments, “if it rains like when we dropped in we’ll need shelters…”(Golding 52) Ralph attempts to accumulate the boys in order to build a sanctuary. While Ralph illustrates leadership qualities, Simon stands on the more natural side of the spectrum. As he's walking through the clearing, he

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