Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What reasons might there be to reject civilized society in Lord of the Flies?

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In Golding's classic novel, Jack and the majority of the boys reject Ralph and his attempts to establish a civilized society in favor of hunting pigs and living like savages. The primary appeal of rejecting civilized society is the freedom to do whatever the boys please and refrain from difficult, mundane tasks. For example, the majority of boys do not feel like following the rule established to keep the coconuts full, they do not enjoy maintaining the signal fire on top of the mountain, and do not feel like helping erect...

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