Ms. Dzul Baron
1 October 2018
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies By William Golding is based off the theme of savagery and also takes a look at civilization and symbolism. The story takes place on a island out in the middle of the ocean, where are two characters named Jack and Ralph who show leadership and savagery. This affected the boys throughout the story as they begin there friendship and take on many challenges. I think that these types of things still happen in today’s society.
The theme of savagery is first shown by symbol of the conch shell and Ralph is given it to lead the boys back home. This symbolises authority and control among the boys. At the first meeting Ralph says “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak and he won’t be interrupted”. This proposes that Ralph is giving each boy an equal opinion. So whoever has to conch be able to speak and listened to by everyone. The island has become a democratic place which shows a well mannered side to them as they try to copy the homes they have just be taken from.
In the beginning the conch is blown to bring collect all the boys together. Ralph uses it and they come. This is a sign of its power, the boys were lost and now there is the conch, similar to a school bell calling them to be brought together. Ralph uses it to bring order to his place in which they have been stranded. They used it like a school, “We’ll have to have hands up like at school, Then I’ll give him the conch”(35). The boys are making rules just like they had learned them in school. They also make the conch one way someone can talk at the meetings.
In conclusion, Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a book where the theme of savagery and civilisation is shown. Ralph shows civilisation as wants to put rules and let everyone have an fair say. Where as Jack, who represents savagery as he reigns over the other boys and is not interested in what boys have to say. Through the there actions Golding shows us that we must have rules and impose them to keep society functions properly.