Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers
by William Golding

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What were the conflicts between Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies?

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Symbolic novelist William Golding bases this work on the theory that evil exists in everyone. The author believes it is human nature, not civilization or politics, that promotes evil. Only the constructed moral nature of individuals can restrain evil and preserve the welfare of society. There are numerous details of the conflicts between the main characters in this dystopian novel that might be further researched for a complete analysis, but some of the root causes are explained herein.

Golding explores his theory of right and wrong and good versus evil through the conflict created between protagonist Ralph and antagonist Jack . The author attempts to demonstrate that when forced to survive in nature, human beings turn to savagery, which in turn can only be controlled by a commitment to the principles of a civilized society. The novel is built around Ralph’s psychological growth from innocence to maturity. He reaches a state of self-awareness and recognizes the ability of human beings to...

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