'The Lord of the Flies' - Savagery William Golding’s novel ‘The Lord of The flies’ presents us with a group of English boys who are isolated on a desert island, left to try and retain a civilised society.
As Simon was trying to tell the boys that the beast did not exist, his death symbolises that mankind can’t face the truth about their inner desires.
Part of Golding’s intent was to demonstrate that the evil is not recognised in specific populations or situations.
Identify the main obstacle to the boys' society building efforts and explain whether you think there was any single moment where they could have saved their project from disaster.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #3: The Dynamics of Power in “Lord of the Flies” One of the elements of society that the boys attempt to imitate early in their society-building project is that of establishing a hierarchy in which there is a designated leader whose job it is to inspire and guide his followers.
On the island the beast is manifest in the deadly tribal dances, war paint and manhunt: in the outside world the same lust for power and control plays out as a nuclear war.
Throughout ‘The Lord of the Flies’ Golding has managed to show that evil is present in everyone.
This demonstrates Golding’s view that absolutely anyone can be over ruled by power and become savage (like Jack) when civilisation collapses.
After this incident we can see continual conflict between Ralph and Jack.
We can see this when Jack decides, “We don’t need the conch anymore, we know who should say things.” As the conch represents democracy we can see that civilisation on the island is braking up and savagery is starting to take over.
We can also see a brake up in society when Jack says, “Bollocks to the rules!