Lord of the Flies: Main Theme, Civilization vs. Savagery

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In Lord of the Flies, William Golding created a picturesque society that was doomed for disaster. However, not all of the children on the island had the same savage attributes as some of the others, mostly hunters. This created a stark difference in characteristic traits on the island. You were left with the good versus the bad, or the Civilized versus the Savage. From this, I concluded that the main theme in Lord of the Flies is Civilization vs. Savagery. Throughout the novel, there are many examples that support this and many quotes that exemplify this idea as well. Ralph, the elected leader on the island leads the pack as far as the Civilized ones go. On the other hand, Jack leads the way for the Savage children, as he was elected head of the hunters. It is safe to say that in Lord of the Flies, William Golding intended to give readers a taste of what can happen when societies clash, as the children did on the island. When the novel first begins all seems well with just Ralph and Piggy Continue...


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After everyone gathers together Ralph thinks it would make sense to elect a leader, and there are no real objections to this. "Seems we ought to have a chief to decide things" (22). "Rescue Yes, of course! All the same, I"tmd like to catch a pig first" (53). Once again we see the main theme in a profound way. Jack represented the savage and Ralph represented the civilized. Their personality clashes would later set the stage for an abysmal series of events at the end of the novel. The next time in the novel when the clash of Civilization in Ralph versus the Savagery in Jack is again clearly illustrated is when Jack and his hunters let the signal fire on the top of the mountain go out. exploring the island, making sense of what they could. Ralph goes on to explain how there was a ship out there and if the fire was on it would have seen it, and thus rescued everyone. However, things take a quick turn for the worst as everyone first meets together. In response to this, when the fire had originally gone Jack replied by saying "We can relight the fire again, you should have been with us, Ralph. Jack shows absolutely no guilt over the fire going out, even though it was his job to make sure it was lit. "Hasn"tmt anyone got any sense We"tmve got to relight that fire" (102).

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