Lord Of The Flies

Submitted By Socratisk
Words: 562
Pages: 3

There are those who believe that people are essentially evil. In William Golding's novel Lord Of The
Flies, he explores the idea that, even if given a beautiful, untouched island paradise, a group of innocent children would destroy both themselves and their environment. By examining how a group of young, innocent boys are placed on an island paradise but are gradually reduced to savagery, the reader can witness Golding’s view of man. Golding’s novel teaches that, if given the opportunity , people will move from civilization to savagery, from order to chaos When they first arrive on the island, the boys give several indications that they are driven by order and by ‘civilized’ instincts. Within the first chapter or two we learn many things about the boys and about their naturel. We learn that some of the boys are part of a choir and are in their robes, as well as soon as the boys gather together they decide to order themselves in a line, which are both signs of there civilized home land. Also one of the simplest things we learn is that the boys all speak the same language and they all have names from the civilized adult world. Ralph tells us “ He lifted the conch. Seems we ought to have a chief decide things”. The conch is a symbol of order, democracy and leadership, who ever is holding it has the right to speak and everyone will listen to what they have to say. The conch also helps with decision making on things like which jobs need to be done and by who, as well electing a chief. The boys understand there are certain things they will need to tend on first if they are to survive on the island, things like shelter, food, water and fire. Ralph informs the reader about his view on what is ideal for survival "'Course we have. 'Cos the smoke's a signal and we can't be rescued if we don't have smoke." Ralph believes that the fire is very important because without it they have no chance of being rescued and may be stranded forever. One of the younger children is heard yelling ' "Him with the shell." "Ralph! Ralph!" "Let him be chief with the