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Themes Of Savagery In Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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In ‘Lord of The Flies’ by William Golding. Golding successfully invokes the reader to think about a theme of moral significance. Golding uses the novel to portray how a group of boys stranded on a tropical island with no adults can descend into savagery. The novel also explores the cruelty of human nature and the acts they can commit.
In the beginning of the novel, Golding introduces the sense of moral significance through the boys’ connection to the adult world. When Jack, Ralph and the rest are on the mountain they try to figure out how to light a fire. This is seen when Ralph goes “crimson red” and says “Will you?” “Will you light the fire?” This suggests the fact that the boys are not sure of how to light a fire without a match shows they are highly dependent on the adult world and are very much still civilised. Also on the mountain when Jack is arguing about the conch he says “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 everything.” This lets us view Jack as level headed (for the most part) and like Ralph. It also shows that he is patriotic which is a sign of civilisation but could lead to savagery. Here, all the boys are morally on the same page and view each other as equals. Golding suggests that this is what the adults taught them, linking them back to the adult world.
Additionally, Golding shows how Jack is already starting to undermine the rules of civilisation through small acts of savagery and
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