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Lord of the Flies Essay

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  • on September 18, 2012
  • Category: English
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Lord of the Flies, Final Essay


Throughout society, you can experience what it is like to live amongst orderly-fashioned people or savages as shown in the novel Lord of the Flies. Even though anarchy goes against our human nature many of us,   however, revert to it. The word ‘civilized’ and ‘savagery’ have two completely different meanings, yet they sort of connect to one another. In other words, if a society or a group of people are not civilized, then they might be drawn to a savage society, and vice versa.
Lord of the Flies can be viewed as a great representation of how ‘civilized’ or ‘uncivilized’ our world really is today. Various types of symbols are used throughout the novel to portray how that concept of our society has come to be. Of the different types of symbolic aspects in the book there are two very important factors that are addressed: order and anarchy (anarchy which leads to pure evil).  
One of the very many reasons as to why the group of kids in Lord of the Flies descended into savagery is because people have a need for power. At the very beginning of the book, the problem the children faced was who was going to be their official leader and right away, Jack appoints himself leader. “I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp” (Page 22). When everyone voted for Ralph to be chief, however, Jack still began to try to shape the boys into the kind of society he thinks it should be, which is him once again striving to win over that authority he is determined to get.
I remember Jack being the very first to say, "we ought to have more rules" (Page 42). Ironically, he is the first to break the rules but that does not matter. Jack is an opportunist and although he agrees to watch the fire because he sees its importance to Ralph and the group, he forgets about the fire as soon as a better opportunity comes up. He abandons the fire to go hunt a pig, thinking that...

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