Civilization and Savagery In Lord of the Flies (Civilization (Ralph (…
Civilization and Savagery In
Lord of the Flies
The fundamental evil and fear in mankind. Exists within a civilized society.
Showed signs of savagery in beginning chapters where Jack wanted to become leader and is jealous of Ralph’s position.
Still clinging on to a bit of civilization, which prevented him from stabbing the piglet. "They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood" (29).
As the chapters continue Jack progressively displays more violent and savage tendencies.
Jack begins to hunt pig’s and conceal his face to hind in the jungle.
The beast which represents Jack. “The Lord of the Flies” (beast) is a symbolic symbol of savagery within the boys.
Jack forms his own tribe (a huge turning point for everything in the novel). All the boys' side with Jack.
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Jack and his tribe kill a pig. Jack chants across the island, “kill the pig, cut her throat, spill the blood” (168). This shows how the boys gave into savagery actions by being violent and aggressive.
Jack represents evil and savagery.
Both lived on the island by following rules and order.
Ralph represents civilization by being the chief and leader of the island.
Concentrates on doing what's right for him and others.
Ralph is the first to use it the conch when elected chief, “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak…he won’t be interrupted” (31).
Ralph's power only depends on civilization.
Clear separate sides of good and evil.
Ralph straddles the line between the two. He doesn't recognize and is able to understand the natural instincts towards savagery.
He is concerned about during what is right for the rest of the group and his realization that evil is found in all of them, including himself when killing Simon. He then falls into a state of desperation.
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Piggy represents loyalty as he supports Ralph in his aim to create an orderly society on the island while being chief.
Piggy lacks physical strength but is the most intelligent on the island. His ideas are crucial to the boys' survival by using his voice of reason.
Piggy is the first to identify the conch which is a symbol of civility, structure and order.
Piggy is the boys' to the outside world.
Clung onto civilization towards the end of the novel resulting in his death.
His death (along with the conch) represents the end of civilization on the island. Piggy was defeated by Jack's tribe.
Ideas to have an assembly, make shelters for protection, reminds Ralph about the importance to maintain the signal fire.
The conch and Piggy's ideas helped suppress the evil on the island.