Through out the novel, how does golding show us the loss of the boys civilization, and that they are becoming more and more savage?

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They begin by having civilized meetings--using the conch for order and taking turns in speaking.  Gradually, the order is disregarded.  The conch is considered unnecessary,  the fire is allowed to go out, the boys are more interested in hunting and playing than keeping the signal fire burning and other life-essential tasks remain undone.  Then, things necessary for the boys to keep their civilized selves disappear.  Simon, who represents innocence, is murdered in the name of the beast--the dark side of humanity.  Piggy, who represents logic and the ability to see the truth, is murdered.  Lastly, Ralph, who is the final opposition to the boys' complete submission to barbarity, is hunted.  It is only the fire that is meant to smoke him out of hiding like the wild pigs they boys have been hunting all along which saves Ralph from certain death by hailing a nearby Navy ship.  By this time, the boys have painted themselves and discarded almost all of their clothing.  They are wild boys--only a figment of the civilized British school boys they used to be.

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