Lord of the Flies Text Reaction
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding provides an extreme yet practical view of the person, particularly that within everyone there is a battle between right and wrong. Initially the kids listen to their consciences and act according to the guidelines they were taught during their training. They set guidelines, assign jobs, and democratically choose a leader just like in today’s society.
As time goes by, young boys such as the chosen leader Ralph, the logical Piggy and the kind Simon manage to stay disciplined, but others indulge and let their morals decay gradually, particularly the proud Jack and his group of hunters who are ambitious and only grow from mutilated power. In today’s disciplined and efficient society, there are laws that we all have to abide by. When Ralph blew the fragile, white conch everybody followed and listened. The conch represented power, order and law and with that in his hand, Ralph was elected leader.
Ralph with the help of Piggy and his glasses which represented knowledge and insight were able to govern the island and the little group of struggling people for a short while. They kept the fire going, built shelters, hunted for food and gathered water, the standard requirements required for people to endure. They built an effective monarchy that was sustainable however only by the gathered help of everybody on the island might they keep this sustainable way of life going.
We all fight for something we truly want, whether we are fighting for the title to be the school leader, or to be the president of the United States. In the unique Lord of the Flies, Jack was a follower, Ralph was chosen leader and he was compliant with that decision. He was ambitious and selfish, all he wanted was power for himself and if he couldn’t achieve that, he wanted to take it by force. He had himself war painted and that revealed his real inner self, a savage. Once a person has quit hope of getting something morally, he turns to other techniques.
After Piggy’s glasses were broken, all understanding and insight was lost and hell broke loose. In Lord of the Flies William Golding conducts a sociological idea experiment. He takes a group of young boys and places them on a deserted island and asks what will the outcome be, an utopia or a dystopia? His answer is the latter. His factor is male himself. “Ralph wept for completion of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the real, sensible pal called Piggy” Innocence is not removed, it is surrendered, Lord of the flies is an allegory for society at big.