The boys arrive in their uniform school gear, representative of the ordered society they have left. When Ralph appears, he carries his school sweater and pulls at his stockings. The boys' uniform black shoes are covered in sand almost immediately. When the conch brings the group together, they still physically...
The boys arrive in their uniform school gear, representative of the ordered society they have left. When Ralph appears, he carries his school sweater and pulls at his stockings. The boys' uniform black shoes are covered in sand almost immediately. When the conch brings the group together, they still physically hold the symbolic remnants of their old and structured lives:
They were naked and carrying their clothes; others half-naked, or more or less dressed, in school uniforms, grey, blue, fawn, jacketed, or jerseyed. There were badges, mottoes even, stripes of color in stockings and pullovers.
By chapter 7, Ralph's appearance has changed dramatically:
He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut this hair—he flung the mass back—cut this filthy hair right back to half an inch. He would like to have a bath, a proper wallow with soap. He passed his tongue experimentally over his teeth and decided that a toothbrush would come in handy too. Then there were his nails—
At this point, the boys are losing their sense of physical structure associated with civilization. There is no barber, no toothpaste, no soap. They become unkempt and disheveled, becoming more physically uncivilized with each passing day.
When the boys first gather as a group, they recognize the need for order on the island. They are willing to submit to a democratic sense of order and follow the outcome of their impromptu election:
“All right. Who wants Jack for chief?”
With dreary obedience the choir raised their hands.
“Who wants me?”
Every hand outside the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately. Then Piggy, too, raised his hand grudgingly into the air. Ralph counted. “I’m chief then.”
The circle of boys broke into applause. Even the choir applauded...
Although Jack campaigns to be their leader, he isn't elected; interestingly, even his choir at this point is willing to follow democratic responsibilities and recognize Ralph as their rightful leader.
Near the end, of course, this falls apart. Piggy is left as Ralph's lone supporter after the group murders Simon—and Ralph and Piggy participate in this act indirectly. The group murders Piggy and tries to murder Ralph, intent on destroying everything that symbolizes civilization and order. They become thieves, bloodthirsty savages, and rage-driven boys who almost destroy the entire island and themselves before they are rescued.