Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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How is the theme of loyalty portrayed throughout the book Lord of the Flies?

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Good question - to answer this question, I think we would need to investigate where and why loyalties exist.  Initially, all the boys are loyal to Ralph and his leadership, but by the end of the novel, all of the boys, except for Piggy, have shifted loyalty to Jack .  The loyalty to Ralph at the beginning seems to come from his innate leadership and the symbolic power of the conch shell that he holds.  The boys come when he calls, sit through his meetings, and are willing to listen to him at first.  He has a more mature attitude which places him above the others.  Jack, however, begins to steal their loyalties through the devices of cruelty and fear.  He 'lures' boys into his hunting parties promising them meat to feed their hunger.  He also shames and belittles those who oppose him, causing others to fear going...

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