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Lord of the Flies

             The Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding presents a unique theory of mankind. William Golding believed that the base of man was evil and would express itself when there were no authority present to suppress the innate malevolence. What one may wonder after reading the novel may be if the average human would behave as the children had. The immediate response would be absolutely not. But when one questions themselves, the truth that anyone is capable of becoming savage-like and hungry for evil becomes apparent. If one was stranded on an island, what would he become? What would he provide and desire? Ralph, Simon, and Jack all proved to be monumentally important to the cause of events that followed their survival of the plane crash with their each distinct personality and how they handled the situation of being stranded on a deserted island.
             Ralph is the twelve-year old boy that first tries to organize the boys. His athletic appearance and charismatic personality attracts the votes of the other boys to become the leader. "There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size, and attractive appearance?(22).Ralph becomes the symbol of order, civilization, and leadership instantly. From the beginning, he realizes the struggle for survival is clearly difficult. Most of the boys are "littluns? which mean that they are around the ages of five and are too young to help. Even the "biguns?are too concerned with playing, having fun, and enjoying their new surroundings. While the others are avoiding work, Ralph tries to build huts and thinks of ways to increase their chances of being rescued. To assert his democratically assigned power, he uses the conch as a icon of authority. The boys?awe over the conch in the beginning of the book increases their obedience to Ralph and comply with his commands. Even after the boys?begin to become savage-like and listen to Ralph less and less, Ralph's commitment to civilization and morality still holds strong and nevertheless continues the fire with Piggy and Samneric.

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