The Savagery of Human Nature in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

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The Savagery of Human Nature in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

One of several significant incidents in this story is when the hunting group killed the first pig. This is a significant scene because it is where the hunters of the group release the savagery that has been covered up by the fact that they were civilized. It also is a significant event because it is the first time that the group of boys ignores the priorities set by their leader, Ralph. Ralph felt that keeping a signal fire to alert passing ships of their presence was more important than finding another source of food. Having his orders disobeyed meant that he was losing power. This scene is also significant because it is the turning point when authority shifts from
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With Piggy gone, Ralph was on his own in trying to survive.

The main conflict in the story is between orderliness, exhibited by Ralph, and wildness which is exhibited by Jack. Ralph never loses all of his civilized manner. This is a disadvantage to him because the rest of the boys feel like their predicament has enabled them to be wild because they are away from their parents and teachers. They do not want to be civilized and so look away from Ralph. Jack on the other hand, has a wild demeanor about him and so the group is more attracted to him. This is just what they do too when Ralph has too many rules and orders for the group to respect. The climax of the story is the scene with Simon and the pigs' head. After this, him and Piggy are killed and Ralph's friends turn against him. The novel ends almost abruptly when a British cruiser spots a forest fire on the island and stops by to investigate. The boys are then taken off of the island. The plot is predictable in the sense of what will happen. You can anticipate that someone will be killed and enemies are going to clash. What is unpredictable is when all of these events will happen.

There are five main characters and the first one is Ralph. One significant trait about him is that he is rational. This quote can testify to this: "I agree with Ralph. We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are the best at
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