What is the significance of the theme of civilization in Lord of the Flies?
The theme of civilization, or more precisely, the various aspects of civilization, is central to "Lord of the Flies". The question that the novel asks is, "What happens to people when society's rules are no longer applied?" In the story, we see good v. evil in the form of the good, civilized tribe consisting primarily of Ralph, Piggy, and Simon along with some younger boys, and in the form of the evil, savage tribe led by Jack, Roger, Maurice and an increasing number of the other boys. While Ralph's tribe tries to maintain civility by following the old rules, Jack's tribe abandons the ties of civilization and Jack creates a dictatorship keeping most of the other boys in line by keeping them fearful of him and his henchmen. Piggy, especially, is the boy who sees that the rules must be followed or chaos would ensue and he is killed for this observation in chapter 11 when he pleads with Jack and his tribe to listen to reason. Jack's group has lost their moral values that they had when they were members of society.