Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Please explain the conflict between the rational and the irrational in Lord of the Flies.

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The conflict between the rational and irrational is most clearly presented in the conflict between the boys: it is Ralph and Piggy versus Jack and his tribe of savages. Ralph and Piggy are proponents of civilization and desperately attempt to establish a civil society on the uninhabited tropical island. Both Ralph and Piggy create rules regarding the conch, feel that it is important to maintain the signal fire, and try to organize the construction of huts on the beach. Ralph and Piggy demonstrate rational thought by attempting to put the group of boys in the best possible position to be rescued. Jack and his savages act as the antagonists and...

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