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    • 25-04-2016
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    I was wondering if anyone could give me any feedback on this essay for Lord of the Flies:
    “Choose a novel or a short story or a work of non fiction which explores an important theme.By referring to appropriate techniques, show how the author has conveyed this theme.”

    William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” is a deeply disturbing and revealing novel. Writing in the midst of Cold War paranoia, Golding has attempted to convey the darkest aspects of mankind’s aptitude for (and attraction to) evil. The novel narrates the tale of a group of young schoolboys stranded on a desert island paradise, who soon turn on each other in united fear of a mythical “beast” who terrorises their dreams. Through characterisation, key moments of drama, language and symbolism Golding explored the theme of underlying savagery in deeply ingrained in the boys, who even at their most savage are startlingly childish and human.

    At the opening of the novel the boys are presented as polite, diligent products of their civilised society. They crave democracy, immediately deciding that they “ought to have a meeting,” where they “vote for chief”. The boys’ immediate craving for order reveals their childish, almost constrained nature which causes them to revert to what they’re used to. In this chapter the conch is introduced; it is used to call meetings and becomes a constant symbol of democracy and order which contrasts the boys’ increasing aptitude for savagery and decreases in value as the novel progresses. Here, Golding introduces the boys’ deep rooted sense of civilisation and law as they crave a structure within which they will live, and an eluted leader to follow. They also make regular references back to their “old lives”; Ralph acknowledges that they’ll have to follow rules “like at school” and the other boys agree. This reveals that the boys initially gravitate automatically to a structure which makes them feel safe and secure, which is in this case school.

    However, as the boys begin to settle into life on the island Golding very quickly reveals the fragility of civilisation and the strength of savagery by exposing the increasingly strange thoughts and behaviour of the boys. As some of the younger boys play, Roger becomes fascinated by watching them and attempts to confuse Henry by throwing rocks — to miss — in is direction. However, “there was a space round Henry… into which [Roger] dare not throw… Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilisation that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.” Roger’s behaviour is clearly intended to be mean and tormenting towards the much younger Henry. However, without necessarily realising it Roger is being held back by the behaviour he has always been expected to uphold; he is acting as his civilised world would expect him to. Despite this, Roger’s actions foreshadow that his behaviour will become increasingly savage. He was still intending to torment Henry, and found this behaviour fascinating and enjoyable. This temptation clearly represents the beginning of society breaking down: it is implied that society’s constraints on all of the boys are lifting. The use of a previously innocuous character such as Roger as a representative of constrained evil is effective because it introduces the idea that savagery is universal, residing inside every person.

    Golding further exposes the conflict between good and evil (and the rising danger of savagery) through tensions between the characters of Ralph and Jack. At one stage the boys avoid rescue when a ship passes because Jack (unknown to Ralph) has taken the majority of the group out hunting, and thereby let the fire out. As conflict over this issue rises, Golding summarises the boys’ collective belief that “there was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of logic and baffled common sense.” The use of four factors advocating Jack’s beliefs and only two for Ralph’s echoes the boys’ perception that following Jack would have far more benefits than attempting to uphold the laws of civilisation. The description of the two ideologies and “worlds” further emphasises the separation and isolation between Jack and Ralph’s ideas, and also mirrors the moral significance of the internal conflict between good and savagery in the boys’ subconscious. The boys are still choosing to abide by civilised rules, but they have begun to allow themselves to succumb to the temptation of savagery and evil. This foreshadows the eventual triumph of savagery.

    As the novel progresses a growing number of boys choose to join Jack’s tribe of savages, who eventually worship the beast and allow their mob mentality to control their behaviour (with fatal results). Simon is murdered by the boys in a moment of adrenaline-fuelled panic, as they mistake him for the beast. Simon is described as being “on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face.” The constant referral to Simon (the Christ-like symbol and representation of faith and kindness) as “it” — and the fact that the boys believe he is the beast — exposes how savagery will demonise and objectify every aspect of humanity, making kindness appear detrimental and undesirable. Simon is not referred to by his name until the end of the passage, as Golding describes how “Simon’s dead body moved out towards open sea.” Re-identifying Simon by name shortly after his death suggests that, as a result of savagery, people will act impulsively and only realise the consequences after it’s too late. The death of Simon symbolises the point of irreversible moral decline for the boys. It marks the end of good and peace, allowing for the eventual triumph of savagery.

    Towards the climax of the novel, Golding marks the loss of order and reason through the death of Piggy and the smashing of the conch. At the same moment Piggy was crushed by a boulder, “the conch explode into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” The moment of the conch smashing marks the total loss f order and democracy in the boys’ lives. Furthermore, the description of “a thousand white fragments” and the death of Piggy implies the irretrievable nature of the loss of order. Golding describes the boys’ view of the dead Piggy by writing “his head opened and stuff came out and turned red.” The childish description of Piggy’s death reiterates that the boys in this move; are young children, which adds to the disturbing and shocking nature of the novel while also reinforcing the central message of the text that everyone has savagery inside them. Golding uses Piggy’s death and the smashing of the conch to strengthen his argument hat savagery is destructive (having destroyed all that is ordered or good on the island), and will affect every human being if the constraints of an ordered society are removed.

    Throughout the novel, the boys morally decline from “boys” to “hunters” and eventually to “savages”. The temptations of savagery slowly but utterly consume every aspect of their behaviour, erasing any trace of logic or faith in their hearts. Their eventual rescue comes at a great relief to the reader, but leaves no doubt in our minds that these boys have an immense capacity for evil. Golding’s novel is a beautiful and desperate attempt to urge the reader against the instinctive pull of evil and hatred, in favour of love, justice, trust and faith; the traits that turn us from savage to human.

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    • 26-04-2016
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    ( Original post by RockGirl19)

    I was wondering if anyone could give me any feedback on this essay for Lord of the Flies:
    “Choose a novel or a short story or a work of non fiction which explores an important theme.By referring to appropriate techniques, show how the author has conveyed this theme.”

    William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” is a deeply disturbing and revealing novel. Writing in the midst of Cold War paranoia, Golding has attempted to convey the darkest aspects of mankind’s aptitude for (and attraction to) evil. The novel narrates the tale of a group of young schoolboys stranded on a desert island paradise, who soon turn on each other in united fear of a mythical “beast” who terrorises their dreams. Through characterisation, key moments of drama, language and symbolism Golding explored the theme of underlying savagery in deeply ingrained in the boys, who even at their most savage are startlingly childish and human.

    At the opening of the novel the boys are presented as polite, diligent products of their civilised society. They crave democracy, immediately deciding that they “ought to have a meeting,” where they “vote for chief”. The boys’ immediate craving for order reveals their childish, almost constrained nature which causes them to revert to what they’re used to. In this chapter the conch is introduced; it is used to call meetings and becomes a constant symbol of democracy and order which contrasts the boys’ increasing aptitude for savagery and decreases in value as the novel progresses. Here, Golding introduces the boys’ deep rooted sense of civilisation and law as they crave a structure within which they will live, and an eluted leader to follow. They also make regular references back to their “old lives”; Ralph acknowledges that they’ll have to follow rules “like at school” and the other boys agree. This reveals that the boys initially gravitate automatically to a structure which makes them feel safe and secure, which is in this case school.

    However, as the boys begin to settle into life on the island Golding very quickly reveals the fragility of civilisation and the strength of savagery by exposing the increasingly strange thoughts and behaviour of the boys. As some of the younger boys play, Roger becomes fascinated by watching them and attempts to confuse Henry by throwing rocks — to miss — in is direction. However, “there was a space round Henry… into which [Roger] dare not throw… Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilisation that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.” Roger’s behaviour is clearly intended to be mean and tormenting towards the much younger Henry. However, without necessarily realising it Roger is being held back by the behaviour he has always been expected to uphold; he is acting as his civilised world would expect him to. Despite this, Roger’s actions foreshadow that his behaviour will become increasingly savage. He was still intending to torment Henry, and found this behaviour fascinating and enjoyable. This temptation clearly represents the beginning of society breaking down: it is implied that society’s constraints on all of the boys are lifting. The use of a previously innocuous character such as Roger as a representative of constrained evil is effective because it introduces the idea that savagery is universal, residing inside every person.

    Golding further exposes the conflict between good and evil (and the rising danger of savagery) through tensions between the characters of Ralph and Jack. At one stage the boys avoid rescue when a ship passes because Jack (unknown to Ralph) has taken the majority of the group out hunting, and thereby let the fire out. As conflict over this issue rises, Golding summarises the boys’ collective belief that “there was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of logic and baffled common sense.” The use of four factors advocating Jack’s beliefs and only two for Ralph’s echoes the boys’ perception that following Jack would have far more benefits than attempting to uphold the laws of civilisation. The description of the two ideologies and “worlds” further emphasises the separation and isolation between Jack and Ralph’s ideas, and also mirrors the moral significance of the internal conflict between good and savagery in the boys’ subconscious. The boys are still choosing to abide by civilised rules, but they have begun to allow themselves to succumb to the temptation of savagery and evil. This foreshadows the eventual triumph of savagery.

    As the novel progresses a growing number of boys choose to join Jack’s tribe of savages, who eventually worship the beast and allow their mob mentality to control their behaviour (with fatal results). Simon is murdered by the boys in a moment of adrenaline-fuelled panic, as they mistake him for the beast. Simon is described as being “on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face.” The constant referral to Simon (the Christ-like symbol and representation of faith and kindness) as “it” — and the fact that the boys believe he is the beast — exposes how savagery will demonise and objectify every aspect of humanity, making kindness appear detrimental and undesirable. Simon is not referred to by his name until the end of the passage, as Golding describes how “Simon’s dead body moved out towards open sea.” Re-identifying Simon by name shortly after his death suggests that, as a result of savagery, people will act impulsively and only realise the consequences after it’s too late. The death of Simon symbolises the point of irreversible moral decline for the boys. It marks the end of good and peace, allowing for the eventual triumph of savagery.

    Towards the climax of the novel, Golding marks the loss of order and reason through the death of Piggy and the smashing of the conch. At the same moment Piggy was crushed by a boulder, “the conch explode into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” The moment of the conch smashing marks the total loss f order and democracy in the boys’ lives. Furthermore, the description of “a thousand white fragments” and the death of Piggy implies the irretrievable nature of the loss of order. Golding describes the boys’ view of the dead Piggy by writing “his head opened and stuff came out and turned red.” The childish description of Piggy’s death reiterates that the boys in this move; are young children, which adds to the disturbing and shocking nature of the novel while also reinforcing the central message of the text that everyone has savagery inside them. Golding uses Piggy’s death and the smashing of the conch to strengthen his argument hat savagery is destructive (having destroyed all that is ordered or good on the island), and will affect every human being if the constraints of an ordered society are removed.

    Throughout the novel, the boys morally decline from “boys” to “hunters” and eventually to “savages”. The temptations of savagery slowly but utterly consume every aspect of their behaviour, erasing any trace of logic or faith in their hearts. Their eventual rescue comes at a great relief to the reader, but leaves no doubt in our minds that these boys have an immense capacity for evil. Golding’s novel is a beautiful and desperate attempt to urge the reader against the instinctive pull of evil and hatred, in favour of love, justice, trust and faith; the traits that turn us from savage to human.

    Wow, this is an amazing essay for National 5! I did Lord of the Flies for N5 too last year and got an A and I’m doing higher this year. In class we used to do a lot of peer marking and I would definitely say that essay should get in the 18-20 range. However, from doing higher this year, my teacher has given me tips on how to improve my essays which I’ll be share below. Of course, you may have been told differently by your teacher so just stick with what he/she says.

    – Stay in the present tense
    – In your final sentence of the introduction, don’t make a long list of techniques. Instead, relate this sentence directly to the second sentence of the question, by answering HOW the theme is established with reference to plot. You could still mention symbolism here though, since it is so important in Lord of the Flies.
    – Explicitly state the theme in the introduction.
    – Don’t use pointless adjectives in the opening sentence of the essay like ‘enlightening, captivating, gripping’ etc. Instead just relate it to the question in some way. In this instance you could mention the theme. This would probably be good vs. evil.
    – Have clear topic sentences relating directly to the question. I think you could improve your first topic sentence.

    And, the actual main body of your essay is really good. I think I did either this exact question last year or a very similar one. You could also consider writing about the contrasts between Ralph and Jack at the beginning. From memory I remember using something about a boxer for Ralph along with something about his mouth and eyes, showing he is clearly good. And for Jack I used ” I ought to be chief’ said Jack with simple arrogance’.

    Your quotes analysis is very good, but you could possibly aim to include more quotes with there being 2/3 or more per paragraph. You could run-in short quotes to deepen your argument. Although, your analysis it probably so thorough that you don’t need/ have time for that.

    I would also suggest looking into the final chapter in more detail. You could mention Ralph’s loss of innocence showing the long-term consequences of his experience.

    And your conclusion is very good, again, with a stronge personal response. However, you could cut down on the adjectives.

    Also, you may have found it easier to focus specifically on one theme instead both good vs. evil & savagery. The question does state ‘theme’ so be careful about how you interpret the question.

    But these are all minor criticisms. Well done!

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    • 28-04-2016
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    Thank you so much for your response, especially for the tips (most of which hadn’t occurred to me) . I was a bit worried about the essay writing as the marking seems so subjective, but your comments gave me a lot of confidence particularly as I’m hoping to do Higher next year.
    Good luck with your Highers!

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    • 01-05-2016
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    ( Original post by RockGirl19)

    I was wondering if anyone could give me any feedback on this essay for Lord of the Flies:
    “Choose a novel or a short story or a work of non fiction which explores an important theme.By referring to appropriate techniques, show how the author has conveyed this theme.”

    William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” is a deeply disturbing and revealing novel. Writing in the midst of Cold War paranoia, Golding has attempted to convey the darkest aspects of mankind’s aptitude for (and attraction to) evil. The novel narrates the tale of a group of young schoolboys stranded on a desert island paradise, who soon turn on each other in united fear of a mythical “beast” who terrorises their dreams. Through characterisation, key moments of drama, language and symbolism Golding explored the theme of underlying savagery in deeply ingrained in the boys, who even at their most savage are startlingly childish and human.

    At the opening of the novel the boys are presented as polite, diligent products of their civilised society. They crave democracy, immediately deciding that they “ought to have a meeting,” where they “vote for chief”. The boys’ immediate craving for order reveals their childish, almost constrained nature which causes them to revert to what they’re used to. In this chapter the conch is introduced; it is used to call meetings and becomes a constant symbol of democracy and order which contrasts the boys’ increasing aptitude for savagery and decreases in value as the novel progresses. Here, Golding introduces the boys’ deep rooted sense of civilisation and law as they crave a structure within which they will live, and an eluted leader to follow. They also make regular references back to their “old lives”; Ralph acknowledges that they’ll have to follow rules “like at school” and the other boys agree. This reveals that the boys initially gravitate automatically to a structure which makes them feel safe and secure, which is in this case school.

    However, as the boys begin to settle into life on the island Golding very quickly reveals the fragility of civilisation and the strength of savagery by exposing the increasingly strange thoughts and behaviour of the boys. As some of the younger boys play, Roger becomes fascinated by watching them and attempts to confuse Henry by throwing rocks — to miss — in is direction. However, “there was a space round Henry… into which [Roger] dare not throw… Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilisation that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.” Roger’s behaviour is clearly intended to be mean and tormenting towards the much younger Henry. However, without necessarily realising it Roger is being held back by the behaviour he has always been expected to uphold; he is acting as his civilised world would expect him to. Despite this, Roger’s actions foreshadow that his behaviour will become increasingly savage. He was still intending to torment Henry, and found this behaviour fascinating and enjoyable. This temptation clearly represents the beginning of society breaking down: it is implied that society’s constraints on all of the boys are lifting. The use of a previously innocuous character such as Roger as a representative of constrained evil is effective because it introduces the idea that savagery is universal, residing inside every person.

    Golding further exposes the conflict between good and evil (and the rising danger of savagery) through tensions between the characters of Ralph and Jack. At one stage the boys avoid rescue when a ship passes because Jack (unknown to Ralph) has taken the majority of the group out hunting, and thereby let the fire out. As conflict over this issue rises, Golding summarises the boys’ collective belief that “there was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of logic and baffled common sense.” The use of four factors advocating Jack’s beliefs and only two for Ralph’s echoes the boys’ perception that following Jack would have far more benefits than attempting to uphold the laws of civilisation. The description of the two ideologies and “worlds” further emphasises the separation and isolation between Jack and Ralph’s ideas, and also mirrors the moral significance of the internal conflict between good and savagery in the boys’ subconscious. The boys are still choosing to abide by civilised rules, but they have begun to allow themselves to succumb to the temptation of savagery and evil. This foreshadows the eventual triumph of savagery.

    As the novel progresses a growing number of boys choose to join Jack’s tribe of savages, who eventually worship the beast and allow their mob mentality to control their behaviour (with fatal results). Simon is murdered by the boys in a moment of adrenaline-fuelled panic, as they mistake him for the beast. Simon is described as being “on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face.” The constant referral to Simon (the Christ-like symbol and representation of faith and kindness) as “it” — and the fact that the boys believe he is the beast — exposes how savagery will demonise and objectify every aspect of humanity, making kindness appear detrimental and undesirable. Simon is not referred to by his name until the end of the passage, as Golding describes how “Simon’s dead body moved out towards open sea.” Re-identifying Simon by name shortly after his death suggests that, as a result of savagery, people will act impulsively and only realise the consequences after it’s too late. The death of Simon symbolises the point of irreversible moral decline for the boys. It marks the end of good and peace, allowing for the eventual triumph of savagery.

    Towards the climax of the novel, Golding marks the loss of order and reason through the death of Piggy and the smashing of the conch. At the same moment Piggy was crushed by a boulder, “the conch explode into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” The moment of the conch smashing marks the total loss f order and democracy in the boys’ lives. Furthermore, the description of “a thousand white fragments” and the death of Piggy implies the irretrievable nature of the loss of order. Golding describes the boys’ view of the dead Piggy by writing “his head opened and stuff came out and turned red.” The childish description of Piggy’s death reiterates that the boys in this move; are young children, which adds to the disturbing and shocking nature of the novel while also reinforcing the central message of the text that everyone has savagery inside them. Golding uses Piggy’s death and the smashing of the conch to strengthen his argument hat savagery is destructive (having destroyed all that is ordered or good on the island), and will affect every human being if the constraints of an ordered society are removed.

    Throughout the novel, the boys morally decline from “boys” to “hunters” and eventually to “savages”. The temptations of savagery slowly but utterly consume every aspect of their behaviour, erasing any trace of logic or faith in their hearts. Their eventual rescue comes at a great relief to the reader, but leaves no doubt in our minds that these boys have an immense capacity for evil. Golding’s novel is a beautiful and desperate attempt to urge the reader against the instinctive pull of evil and hatred, in favour of love, justice, trust and faith; the traits that turn us from savage to human.

    Excellent for N5. I do ADVH and it would give some of the people in my class a run for their money. I’ve not much more to add that Angel99 hasn’t already said. My only main critique, which is more of a personal stylistic preference, is that you should maybe cut down on the use of parenthetical brackets and swap some with parenthetical commas or dashes. Your technical accuracy is also great. Watch out on your use of semi colons near the end, however: your last should be a colon. Don’t worry too much about peppering your essay with quotes; short quotes embedded into your line of argument are best. A convincing, well-thought out response to the question is most important (which clearly you are more than capable of doing). I know some students who bloat their essays with so many quotes that the depth of their arguments suffer. I’d say the number of quotes in this essay is enough not to negatively affect your mark.

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Young children who are left unattended will slowly loose their civilization, which will turn into, Savagery, Power, and Fear. Civilization is when man meets his basic needs in a healthy manner. Savagery is when people revert back to their lost human instincts. Power, in the case of Lord Of the Flies it’s a position of ascendancy over others: AUTHORITY. Fear is an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by expectation or awareness of danger.

Lord of the Flies shows a great amount of uncivilization through out the whole novel. Through all the characters for example when the boys create the Lord of The flies, which is “the bloody, severed sow’s head that Jack impales on a stake in the forest glade as an offering to the beast. This complicated symbol is most important image in the novel when Simon confronts the sow’s head in the glade and it seems to speak to him, telling him that evil lies within every human heart and promising to have some “fun” with him This “fun” foreshadows Simon’s death in the following chapter.

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In this way, the Lord of the Flies becomes a physical manifestation of the beast, a symbol of the power of evil, and a kind of Satan figure who evokes the beast within each human being. Looking at the novel in the context of biblical parallels, the Lord of the Flies recalls the devil, just as Simon recalls Jesus. In fact, the name ” Lord of the Flies” is a literal translation of the bible name Beelzebub, a powerful demon in hell sometimes thought to be the devil himself.” Spark notes This is very uncivilized.

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Savagery is most often found when young children or any human if put in the same position lose the instincts of human ways. This is portrayed through the book Lord Of The Flies. The beast is one way this is shown. ” The imaginary beast that frightens all the boys stands for the primal instinct of savagery that exists within all human beings. The boys are afraid of the beast, but only Simon reaches the realization that they fear the beast because it exists within each of them. As the boys grow more savage, their belief in the beast grows stronger. By the end of the novel, the boys’ behavior is what brings the beast into existences, so the more savagely they act, the more real the beast seems to become. Sparknotes, Themes, Motifs and Symbols. Jack one of the young boys who were stranded on the island is very savage, for example when Jack cannot bare the thought of someone else telling his story about how he killed a pig, he begins, ” we spread round. I crept. On hands and knees. The spears fell out because they hadn’t no barbs on.

The pig ran away and made an awful noise- it turned back and ran into the circle, bleeding we closed in- I cut the pigs throat.” Golding 79. Jack had reverted back to uncivilized ways because his civilization had been shattered because of being stranded on the island. Jack even gets the rest of the boys to join in dancing around the fire as they were cooking the meet from the pig they were saying ” kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in.” Golding 79. Savagery can destroy civilization. It only takes one person to become uncivilized and the others will slowly follow after. But on the other hand is it only children who become savages when left unattended or can young people who

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have grown up in good neutering homes become savages, the answer is ‘yes’ according to an article called In Harms way, ” One in three Canadian girls will experience a controlling, abusive dating situation first article, says Dr. Jill Murray, a psychotherapist and author of but I love him. This shows us that people who are taught to be civilized will sometime turn uncivilized and take it out on other humans.

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Another part of civilization is power, someone must have the most and someone must have the least or in other words someone must be dominant, and someone must be oppressed. In Lord of the Flies, Jack was the dominate person. He oppressed Ralph. When Ralph attempted to instill some rules so things could run smoothly, Jack refused to listen to anything he said, for example when Golding wrote, ” Jack! Jack! You haven’t got the conch! Let him speak.’ Jack’s face swam near him. And you shut up! Who are you anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing-‘ I’m chief. I was chosen.’ Why should choosing make any difference? Just give orders that don’t make sense-‘ Piggy’s got the conch.’ That’s right-favor Piggy as you always do’ ” pg 98 another example of this is found in http://www.bookrags.com/notes/lof/PART8.htm when it says, “At this, Jack requests a vote from the group to remove Ralph from power. No one raises his or her hands and so, lacking support for the motion, he abruptly declares his defection from Ralph”s society. Here is the turning point as the group officially

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splits, although signs of rising tensions between the two have been evident throughout. Jack disappears, inviting all who want to be a hunter to join his new society.” Table of contents this shows that Ralph still has some power but Jack is slowly taking it away from him. Another example of dominant power in uncivilized people is in the book the Pearl. At the beginning of the book, Kino goes to the doctor to find help for his baby boy, who was stung by a scorpion. When he arrived at the doctor, who was ” not of his culture. This doctor was of a race which for nearly four hundred years had beaten and starved and robbed and despised Kino’s race.” steinback pg 11. The doctor rejects Kino of any help for his son due to the lack of money. The extent of oppression and domination of the doctor and Kino, can be obviously seen. For the doctor is the dominator and Kino is the oppressor.

Civilization can also be terminated by fear. Fear can be used in so many ways. When William Golding used fear he chose to pick on one person which was obviously shown. Which was the person who was hated by the person who had the power and that was Ralph. Ralph had to fear for his life in the end of the novel, as Jack and his team tries to kill him. “A face. The savage peered into the obscurity beneath the thicket. In the middle was a blob of dark and the savage wrinkled up his face! The seconds lengthened! Don’t scream. You’ll get back. He’s making sure. A stick sharpened. Ralph screamed, a scream of fright and anger and desperation. His legs straightened, the screams became continuous and foaming. He shot forward,

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burst the ticket was in the open, screaming, snarling, bloody. He swung the stake and the savage tumbled over; but there were others coming towards him, crying out” pg 199. Jack is hunting Ralph. Jack is using his control to cause unbearable fear in Ralph. Ralph’s civilization has been crushed. Also in chapter 12 of lord of the flies it there is a quote that says ” Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called piggy. pg 225 Fear in the pearl is not as bad as it is in Lord of the Flies but it still is present. Kino’s great fear is the loss of his pearl, his prized possession, and he will do anything to keep it. But, to keep his fear real, the townspeople have to send people to steal the pearl, because without it there would be no fear for Kino. Juana says, ” Will they follow us? Do you think they will try to find us?” and in response, Kino shows his fear by repeating the last idea. They will try. Whoever finds us will take the pearl, oh they will try.” steinback pg 65 Kino’s fear is very real, and he knows it, in fact, Juana knows it too. By controlling and keeping this family under fear, everyone else has the upper hand. This family even leaves there civilization, the land they know, all for this pearl and it is because of fear.

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Savagery, Fear and power all cause the downfall of civilization. It’s like an eggshell and each part that breaks of is something of on civilization.