Lord of the Flies In Williams Goldings novel Lord of the Flies, Golding shows the boys at a savage state. In recent events such as the human rights in North Korea, there is no freedom of speech there. Their only radio, television and news providers are operated by the government. It has been estimated that around 150,000 and 200,000 political prisoners are detained in concentration camps, where they perform forced labor and risk torture and execution. Golding uses Ralph and Jack to show the battle of civilization and savagery.
In Goldings novel Lord of the Flies, he shows how civilization can be destroyed by avagery. Ralph states, “Will you? ” He cleared his throat and went on. “Will you light the fire? ” At the beginning of the book Jack and Ralph are both very civilized they don’t even know how to start a fire without a match. Ralph even asks the group if anyone has any matches. Piggy exclaims, ” S’right. It’s a shell! I seen one like that before. On someone’s back wall. A conch he called it. He used to blow it and his mom would come. It’s ever so valuable. ” Piggy and Ralph find a conch which becomes vital later on in the book.
The conch is what brings Ralph to power it also helps maintain rder and civilization. Piggy says,” Piggy was… so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society… that he helped fetch wood. ” Piggy seems to be the only one who cares about the “good of society’, so naturally he ends up dead. Without people who care about the common good, you don’t have much of a civilization. In this book there is a constant struggle between civilization and savagery these where a few examples of civilization. In this novel Golding shows the boys at a savage state. Jack proclaims,”…
The ground as hardened by an accustomed tread and as Jack rose to his full height he heard something moving on it. He swung back his right arm and hurled the spear with all his strength. ” It seems like Jack is Just a natural at hurling spears and hunting. This is a big step of how savagery is introduced to the boys. Jack states,” Jack began to dance and his laugh became a bloodthirsty snarling. ” Jack is taking the whole “becoming one with you’re prey’ thing a bit too literally. At this point Jack has forgot about civilization he’s more concerned about the hunt. Jack exclaims,” He capered toward
Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness. ” If Jack is hiding behind the mask and it’s not Jack it’s the mask committing these acts is Golding giving Jack a way out? When Jack is wearing the mask people can’t see Jacks shame, a human feeling therefor saying that ne is incapable ot teeling emotions that any other human can teel. Atter ne finally liked the mask, “He began to dance and his laugh became a bloodthirsty snarl. ” Jacks “bloodthirsty snarl” is a clear indication that he is a animal when he puts the mask n.
Savagery starts to become a stronger and stronger presence later in the book. In Lord of the Flies civilization and savagery are at a constant battle. Towards the end of the book civilization has been destroyed, the conch is destroyed Piggy dies the boys are no longer worried about the fire, savagery takes over. In the end it all worked out for the best though the boys get rescued. If the boys would of made getting rescued and keeping order their goal there wouldn’t be nearly as many deaths and it would of made there lives easier for all of them.