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Lord Of The Flies Essay

  • Submitted by: helpmeplease1
  • on March 24, 2012
  • Category: English
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Summary:   In the novel, "Lord of the Flies," a group of British boys are left on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. Throughout the novel, they have conflicts between civilization and savagery, good vs. evil, order vs. chaos, and reason vs. impulse. What would it be like if the boys were replaced by a group of girls?
In all humans, evil exists. At some point we have to release it, and want to release it. For example, on the island Jack and Robert showed their evil while beating Wilfred, or even Robert who was hurt while the boys received pleasure out of his beating. Roger states, "He's going to beat Wilfred, I don't know why, he didn't say," (pg.159) as he giggles. Another example is when Robert is beaten by the boys for no reason in frenzy where he is the pig. They chant in chapter seven, "Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!" (pg. 114). These examples clearly show that the kids are letting their true evil get the better of them.
With the boys, there is always a power struggle between Jack and Ralph from the first time they meet. When the time arrives to choose a leader, Jack blurts, "I ought to be chief because, I'm chapter chorister and head boy," (pg.14). This shows that he wants to be a leader no matter what the majority of the boys think, showing him as a dictator. On the contrary, Ralph is voted for by the boys, showing him to lead a democratic way. When Democracy and Dictatorship clash, there becomes a power struggle. This power struggle causes them to do horrible things to each other. For example, when Sam and Eric warn Ralph, "You got to go now, Ralph, for your own good," (pg.189) when they alert him of Jack's intentions to set the forest on fire.
this is also proven by the statement "All power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely," meaning that if Jack was a dictator he would misuse his power since he has absolute power. Subsequently, even if Ralph had power, he wouldn't misuse it to the point Jack would, but...

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