Lord Of The Flies Civilization Vs Savagery Quotes

What are three examples in Lord of the the Flies that support the theme of Christianity/Civilization and Savagery?

The theme of civilization vs. savagery is explored through many scenes and symbols throughout the novel—obviously, "savagery" becomes more prominent over the course of the book. Two objects that initially symbolize civilization are the conch and Piggy's glasses, both of which are eventually shattered. The boys' descent into savagery is also depicted by the levels of violence they perpetrate against each other. In chapter 4, Roger throws rocks at littluns, aiming to miss, since he doesn't want to actually hurt anybody; but, by chapter 9, the boys are bloodthirsty, and they brutally descend on Simon and take his life. 

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1. In chapter 4, Roger spots several littluns playing in the sand on the beach and begins to throw stones in their direction. Interestingly, Roger purposely aims to miss. Golding writes,

"Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins" (87).

At this point in the novel, the boys have not completely descended into savagery and are still heavily influenced by civilization. Essentially, Roger aims to miss because he is "conditioned" by society to not throw stones at other people, because it is wrong. As the novel progresses, the boys become increasingly savage and unapologetically satisfy their primitive desires.

2. Later on, Jack takes a significant step towards becoming a complete "savage" by painting his...

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