Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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What are the main conflicts in Lord of The Flies?

The main conflicts in Lord of the Flies include Man vs Nature, Man vs Self, and Man vs Man. Nature causes conflicts because of the difficulty of island life. Self conflicts include the propensity for each boy to unleash his inner beast and destroy the community. Interpersonal conflicts include those between the people loyal to Jack or Ralph.

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There are numerous conflicts which propel the plot of Lord of the Flies. Here are some of the most significant:

Man vs Nature: From the moment the boys land on the island, they battle the forces of nature to survive. The sun beats down on them mercilessly, demanding shelter be constructed. The island offers plenty of fruit, but this causes some gastrointestinal issues which only a good protein source—much more elusive on the island—can correct. The terrain is both thickly wrapped in vegetation and dangerously rocky, making traversing the island physically difficult. The fire which they need to cook also threatens to kill them all—twice. In every chapter, the boys face the unpredictable and uncontrollable forces of nature, and they must overcome each obstacle in order to survive.

Man vs Self: Simon , the eerily prophetic boy of the group, has a feeling early on that the true danger the group faces is not a "beast" which they can't see. Instead, he tells the boys that maybe the beast "is...

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