Lord Of The Flies: The Evil & Primitivism In Man



In the story Lord of the Flies Ralph, the democratic character, and Jack,
the dictator are the most important main characters. Ralph is the voice of hope
on the island, and without that, the boys would have turned to savagery much
faster, and under the control of Jack. William Golding uses Ralph and his
character foil, Jack, to show how civilization works and how it doesn't. Jack,
the chief of the hunters, represents the hidden human passion and almost animal
cruelty, and Ralph, who represents human common sense to show how civlization is.
This story is an allegory. This means the character, events and setting
represent deeper truths or generalizations then those suggested by the ...

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civilization is like.
Ralph stands for order and conduct of society. Each chapter begins with
order, which means that Ralph has control. Ralph uses the conch to show order
and the right to speak. By the end of each chapter there is no order and there
is usually chaos, this shows that evil and/or fear has control, meaning Jack has
control. Allegorically in the world it would be a legislative government versus
a military type of government. Where Ralph is the legislative and Jack is
military. The disorder caused by Jack, threatens the island and the society
that Ralph has tried so hard to form. Ralph wants to have a fire, so they can
be rescued, but Jack is more worried about having fun then being rescued and
this is a major conflict. The fire is a symbol for hope and enlightenment, but
when it gets out of control it becomes very destructive. Anything without order
and control can become destructive, this is why Ralph is so important to the
society.
The two character foils, ...

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side. Even Ralph, who is the one who
absolutely hates primitivism. The dead pilot in the tree suggests that humans
have de-evolved, gone backwards in evolution. Ralph cries: "If only they could
send a message to us... a sign or something." The dead pilot was the sign that
the real world isn't doing any better then they were doing on the island.
Jack objects to doing things that Ralph tells the whole group of the
boys to do, as well he objects to Ralph's being chief. Ralph still believes in
the conch, and thinks it still holds some order: "Jack! Jack! You haven't got
the conch! Let me speak." Again Ralph refers to the rules: "'The rules!'
shouted Ralph, 'you're breaking the ...

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