Lord of the Flies
In this essay, I will talk about the key points that led to the loss of civilization. “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? ” -William Gilding, Lord of the Flies The first point, I would like to introduce Is Jack’s Impact on the community.
Jack Is a very strong individual, who believes that If you can’t solve a problem, you should Just avoid it. As well as that he Is the oldest and the strongest, which In theory should make him sensible, despite that, he chooses not to support rules and senselessly. “Jack’s face swam near him. “And you shut pulp Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do.
You ant hunt, you can’t sing?” “I’m chief. I was chosen. ” “Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don’t make any sense” Now it is quite obvious, that Jack represents an autocratic government, where power is taken; and Ralph represents democratic governments, where power is given. Moreover, Jack understands mob mentality, and uses physical examples, of tortures to threaten other savages. As a result of Jack’s actions, mob mentality starts to grow. Mob mentality, happens when individuals, act as a group. Therefore, they try to hide their personality, which makes them free of all laws and obligations.
An example In the book would be how the savages, attacked Rally’s shelters and they weren’t’ even sorry for a bit, but If adults would’ve been there… “Someone was throwing stones: Roger was dropping them, his one hand still on the lever. Below him, Ralph was a shock of hair and Piggy a bag of fat. ” William Gilding, Lord of the Flies. To Roger, it is literally indifferent, who Ralph and Piggy are. To him, they are Just a ‘shock of Hair’ and ‘a bag of fat’. It is impossible that Roger would have pushed the lever, if adults were there and Jack wasn’t. This is how mob mentality influences the people.
It can also be seen, when all of the characters are present at the killing of Simon. Another important factor, responsible for the loss of civilization, is the death of Simon. It can be described as the watershed moment, because after that they aren’t afraid to kill. If he was regarded as the ‘Beast’, killing him didn’t stop the boys being scared of the ‘Beast’. “We was [was >were] on the outside. We never done nothing, we never seen nothing. ” [Salad Ralph] Lord of the Flies, William Gilding. Ralph tells Piggy; hide the fact, that they were both present at the murder of Simon.
Ralph is still ashamed that they hadn’t stopped the savages. Above all, darkness and evil of humanity affected the boys, the most. Gilding, himself fought in the WI and saw Hiroshima, AS concentration camps and much more; so he really understands what mankind is capable of. “Maybe there is a beast What I mean is… Maybe it’s only us. ” Lord of the Flies, William Gilding Simon and Piggy achieve same-but-different conclusions. Piggy has rational, external, empirical attitude, saying: we’re afraid of each other. Simon has a more spiritual believe: it’s not each other we need to be afraid of, but us.
In Lord of the Flies, Gilding expresses the real side of the human-beings. “What a man does defines him, not what is done by others. ” William Gilding. To conclude my essay, those were the main points that influenced the loss of civilization: Jacks impact, mob mentality, murder of Simon and the darkness & evil of humanity. Those aren’t all the point that affected it. I personally didn’t like the book- I think it was boring. “The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he’s written it. ” William Gilding