Explore how Golding suggests the increasing movement towards Savagery.

Explore how Golding suggests the increasing movement towards Savagery.

Lord of the Flies: Chapter 4 – Explore how Golding suggests the increasing movement towards Savagery. The “Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding is an exciting and relevant The “Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding is an exciting and tense book written in the aftermath of the Second World War and in the dawn of the Cold war. Golding wrote this book in an idyllic setting for him. An aeroplane full of school children crash lands on a remote tropical Island. In this setting, Golding explores the downward spiral of civilisation towards a more savage side to the children when they suddenly find that they have no rules to protect them from themselves. Over the course of the first chapter, the children come to choose a leader. There are two real candidates on the Island, The more sensible choice of the two would be Ralph, a fair- headed boy, who is in a good physical condition, and has his priorities straight. He knows exactly what to do, we can tell this by the number of comments he makes, like: “Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.” And “We ought to draw a map.” And also “If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.” The best thing about Ralph is that he clings onto the remains of civilisation. The other candidate is Jack, a ruthless bully who torments anyone in his path. He adores hunting for pigs and gets obsessed by the darkness that draws him into the forest to hunt in the first place. Unlike Ralph, his priorities are not straight. We can see this from comments like: “Shut up, Fatty.” And “I cut the pig’s throat.” Clearly, Simon would not be a good leader. The language in the book is used cleverly. You can tell when Golding wants to picture a dark and nasty scene just by the language he uses. You can also survey the downfall of humanity into a barbaric bedlam. One e…


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