Lord of the Flies five paragraph essay about how order keeps society from falling apart.I'm not asking anyone to write me up an essay I am merely asking for some help/facts/ideas so I can write my...

Lord of the Flies five paragraph essay about how order keeps society from falling apart.

I'm not asking anyone to write me up an essay I am merely asking for some help/facts/ideas so I can write my own.

 

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As you brainstorm on this topic consider how once the vestiges of society erode in Lord of the Flies the innate savagery in the boys emerges.  Golding writes of the hold on order that society has through conditioning.  In Chapter Four, for instance, Roger,

a slight, furtive boy who keeps to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy

kicks over the sand castles and watches the little Henry as he plays by the shore.  He waits behind a palm tree until he can safely throw things at him.  Then he picks up a stone, "that token of preposterous time," and throws it just near Henry because the "taboo of the old life" controls his arm.  Golding writes that

Roger's arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins.

After this, Jack shows Roger his mask behind which he hunts savagely.  "Roger understood and nodded gravely."  When Jack sees his reflection, he dances, laughs a "bloodthirsty snarling" and he is "liberated from shame and self-consciousness."

This chapter demonstrates the dissolution of the vestiges of society and the beginning of the barbarism of Jack and the hunters.  Intuitively, Simon looks from Ralph to Jack--in a symbolic motion--and "what he saw seemed to make him afraid."  The head of the pig they have killed hangs down from the stake and seems "to search for something on the ground."  The pig looks for the evil in the boys.  At this point, Jack breaks Piggy's glasses--a symbolic act.  "Passions beat about Simon" as he senses the intrusion of the inherent evil of the boys. 

An examination of this chapter will demonstrate the breakdown of the boys from being civilized to regressing to savagery.  This chapter is pivotal to the theme of the disintegration of civilized behavior in the boys on the island.  By the time that Piggy asks for the return of his glasses in Chapter Eleven, "not as a favor...but because what's right's right," Jack and the others are unable to recognize any longer a moral code that society has established in which law and cooperation is best and killing is wrong.

So, in order to support the solidifying effect of society, perhaps you may wish to demonstrate by contrast, showing how anarchy and cruelty result once the vestiges of society are removed. Be sure, too, to read the critical essays, etc on this site.

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