Lord of the Flies Essay

‘“Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in. ” (p. 75) The hunters were chanting this as they were circling the pig that they had tortuously beaten to death. This part of William Golding’s novel “Lord of The Flies” foreshadows the theme Civilization vs. Savagery. The three main points in the story that for-shadow civilization vs. Savagery are the part in the story where Roger has a hard time being himself while there is no authority figure around, where Jack displays his need for power and how throughout the book the conch was affected by Jack and Ralph fighting.

With no sense of civilization around Roger isn’t quite himself as proven on page 62. “Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of old life. Round squatting the child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. ” This part of the story foreshadows that without civilization savagery will emerge.

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This also proves many people change when no one (of authority) is looking or that there will be no consequences for there actions. This just happens to be a mere situation and hints that there will be much more eventful happenings to come. After Piggy is killed, Jack said (p. 181) “See? See? That’s what you’ll get and I mean that There isn’t a tribe for you anymore! The conch is gone… I’m chief! ” This foreshadowed as well as displays Jacks savage side to its fullest. He has absolutely no sympathy for Piggy when he was killed.

Jack destroys everything he can weather it’s a life or there chances of being rescued. This shows that jacks savagery has taken over his need as well as care for civilization. Throughout the book I felt that the conch’s power foreshadowed civilization vs. savagery and their hopes of staying alive, but as Ralph and Jack fought and fought the importance of the conch decreased as no one would listen or assemble when the conch was blown. This was all caused by Ralph and Jack’s fighting.

This showed that one persons savagery can overtake a civilized lifestyle like the one Ralph was trying to create on the island until they were all rescued. When the conch was broke all hopes of civilization were over. The Lord of The Flies by: William Golding foreshadowed the theme civilization vs. savagery in many parts of the book but as i explained the parts involving Jack, Ralph, Roger and the conch were the most interesting parts of the book and personally my favorite. With out the theme Civilization vs. Savagery this book would probably be a book of less enjoyment and meaning. ‘