Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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Gradually, the boys become less and less civilized and more and more savage. Trace the progression that Golding sets out for readers

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At the beginning of the story, the boys attempt to establish a civil, democratic society by holding assemblies and electing a leader. Once Jack is given authority over the hunters, he becomes increasingly obsessed with hunting and begins to dismiss Ralph's directives. In chapter three, Jack and hunters leave the construction site and stop helping build the huts on the beach, which upsets Ralph and highlights Jack's opposing views. In chapter four, Jack becomes less civilized by painting his face and excusing his hunters from their responsibilities regarding the signal fire. Despite the hunters' success, the boys miss a rare opportunity for rescue when the signal fire goes out and a ship passes the island.

The issue regarding the existence of the beast increases the tension, anxiety, and fear among the boys. After Samneric see the "beast," the situation on the island gets worse, as Jack leads his group of hunters on an expedition and more boys forget about establishing a civil society. After...

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