Discuss the theme of civilization in The Lord of the Flies.

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From the very outset of the play, civilization among the boys is under attack.  It is represented in many ways by Ralph, by the conch, by the choir boys in uniform marching down the beach, and by Piggy and his desire to think things through and be rational.

As the boys get hungrier and hungrier and begin to descend into a more animalistic state, the civilization they've established quickly starts to unravel as do its representatives in Ralph and Piggy and the authority of the conch.

Eventually the entire idea of a civilized society is destroyed as the boys become a tribe of animals, driven to hunt and to kill, as they kill Simon, then Piggy, then bring about the destruction (at least symbolically) of the island by starting a fire that consumes much of it and perhaps many of the boys as well.

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