Lord of the Flies (democracy to anarchy)

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Lord of the Flies (democracy to anarchy)


William Golding’s award winning novel “The Lord of the Flies” shows how anybody could regress into savagery, no matter what the person’s background may be. This is the reason Golding used British schoolboys in his story. They are supposed to be some of the most civilized people. Life does change dramatically over periods of time. Sometimes the change is for the best but a lot of the time it is for the worst. The boys on the island started as a democratic assembly however the slowly moved into dictatorship and finally ended up in anarchy.
In the opening chapters of this book, we saw two boys Ralph and Piggy become aware of their surroundings . When all the survivors came together as a result of Ralph blowing the conch shell, they voted on a chief. Ralph became the leader and he made Jack the leader of a group that would be in charge of hunting and maintaining a fire. Giving Jack this power was Ralph’s first mistake as chief. However things went along smoothly, rules were set and abided by. All of the boys agreed to give the conch shell some power by only speaking when they were holding the shell in their hands. This power was personified by the statement “By the time Ralph had finished blowing the conch the platform was crowded.” Which shows how even early on, the group let the conch shell have power.
The assembly moved towards dictatorship when Jack started to discredit Ralph and the conch. “And you shut up!

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