The Reveal of Society in 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding

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The Reveal of Society in 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding What is Golding telling us about society in Lord of the Flies? William Golding is trying to show savagery through the children in this novel. He is telling us that anybody could have a savage side to themselves and it is how you control the savagery in yourself. In the first few chapters, the first point made is that there is a sense of normality and civility in the beginning that is occurring. Firstly the boys make one of the first rules which is to call assemblies with the conch and whoever is holding the conch can speak without interruption, ‘We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us’.…show more content…
This shows that they are not sticking to their rules and keep breaking them. Towards the end of chapter five, Ralph has had enough and he can’t take much more of what is going on. He says, ‘If only they could get a message to us, if only they could send us something grown–up… a sign or something’. Earlier on in this chapter, the boys start to think there is some kind of beast that is haunting them and they are frightened of it, especially the little ones. This shows that the civility is slowly fading away and savagery is taking its place. In the sixth chapter, Ralphs prayers of having someone grown–up is answered but the grown–up is dead and is parachuted down to the island. The boys think it is the beast. Samneric see the parachutist and say, ‘We saw the beast’, but the boys soon realise the, ‘ beast’ was a parachutist and starts to think it is something else. In the seventh chapter, there is more savagery than civility as the boys try to imitate them killing a pig using Robert as the pig and stabbing him with spears until they hurt him. The tension between Jack and Ralph is growing, ‘Ralph heard the mockery and hated Jack’. This shows the hatred is growing and they are not working well as a group. The fear of the beast in the boys and a lack of society is stopping them working together as a group. In the eighth chapter, Jack’s tribe
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