Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

After the plane crash and moving in an uninhabited island, the exhausted boys decided to scarcely sleep and rest since it was already pretty late. The Lord of the Flies showcases the different types of problems in humanity in a very interesting way, that it could’ve been easily overlooked the importance and meaning of it. The main conflict is the struggle of power between Jack, Ralph, and even Piggy throughout the conflicting events we are introduced to the different ideology and symbolism. 

The fight between human’s savagery and the rules and orders of civilization

The main idea of teamwork and freedom vs safety in the story is showcased through the fights and conflicts of power between leaders. The origins of how human nature is naturally savage and how evil existed within all of us but suppressed because of the internalization of the social norms we had, or in other basic words it’s suppressed through law and order in a civilization. So what happens when any authority and civilized order ceased to exist for the young naive age group of boys?

The rule of civilization is what keeps humans humane.

To answer that question, I would shortly answer that in a way the boys had to try to start up a civilization again. The first thing they did was to select a leader. There were 3 types of leaders represented in this story: elected (Ralph), self-appointed (Jack), and background (Piggy).

After the selection of the elected leader by using the conch and democracy, Ralph is selected. His focuses for the future of their group and their end goal was to get rescued as soon as possible. Ralph had the knowledge and leadership skills to be a leader. He has good morals and intentions but because of his lack of appeal and influence to the group of kids, they refused to follow him. One of the main reasons why they started to fall apart and argue was because of the influence that Jack had and the nature of humans being savage. Jack had the charisma and influence over the kids due to the appeal of what they were doing, Jack also ensured them good food and ignored the end goal of wanting to get rescued which in turn meant he turned to his inner savageness and so did his followers. Because of Jack’s encouragement to do violent and immoral acts, it led to Piggy’s death and if they had continued the way they lived any longer, they would’ve killed each other. 

The lack of teamwork from Jack and Ralph nearly ended their chances of being rescued, Jack in the story expresses the futility and annoyance of people who do not share common priorities and the logical values, and therefore, we are not able to accomplish a unified goal and sometimes they can lead to the destruction of the whole group. A good example of how they defied teamwork while not sharing a common priority is when Jack and his group of followers did violent acts even taking it out on Simon. Simon found out that the beast, the only threat to their group, was not as fearful and scary as to how they made it out to be as he learned that the beast was actually a dead paratrooper and his parachute. When he tried to speak out about this, risking his safety to break free, Jack and his followers ganged up on him and started to shout at him that he was the beast and started to tear him apart with their bare hands and teeth. If both Jack and Ralph were able to ignore their savageness, remain civilized, and continued to contribute their teamwork and hands, they would’ve survived much longer. They could’ve worked together towards their logical goals for surviving, doing their assigned roles and jobs, and working to be able to be rescued, not only that they could’ve followed their instinct to work toward civilization and order and not to descend into savagery, violence, and chaos.

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