Lord of the Flies


When an individual is put into a new environment, conflict will transpire. In Willian Golding\'s novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys get stranded on a deserted island due to an airplane accident. There are three very noticable conflicts in the story. There is man versus man, man versus nature and finally, man versus himself. In Lord of the Flies, conflict is crucial to the effecivness of the story.


The first conflict in the novel is man versus nature. An example of man versus nature is when the boys find the berries. They find the only berries on the island and then realize that the berries make them sick. This is showing their fight against the island for survival. The boys had to deal with the changing weather all the time. The storming wind at night blew over their huts while they slept and ruined everything. The sun was blistering hot all the time and it gave them all bad sun burns and they only had one pond to cool off with because they could not use salt water surrounding the island. Man versus nature was not nearly as difficult as man versus himself.


The second conflict is man versus himself. Throughout the novel the boys think there is a beast living on the island with them. They can never seem to find the beast, but are still determined to kill it. In this quote " \' The beast is a hunter... we couldn\'t kill it. \' " is when the boys realize that the beast is just their imagination. All the boys have to deal with savagery. They are all slowly turning into savages and they are all losing grip. When Ralph says " \' after all we aren\'t savages really and being rescued isn\'t a game\' " he is realizing that they are not savages and what is happening is not right. The boys all fought with a number of things, like fear and weather. It was a never ending battle.


The third conflict in this novel is man versus man. From the beginning, Ralph and Jack have their disagreements. They struggle for the position of leader, but in the end, they end up starting their own groups and going off on their own. Slowly throughout the novel the children begin to turn on Ralph. The boys in Jack\'s tribe begin to steal from Ralph and piggy. They attempt to steal Piggy\'s glasses to make fire. Jacks tribe also fights with Ralphs tribe for the conch many times, Eventually killing Piggy in effort to take the conch back. The boys faught with eachother throughout the story, it proved nothing, and only caused problems.


Throughout the whole story, the boys struggled with many things. They faught with eachother which led to the destruction of their society and themselves. If they learned how to cooperate with eachother and work with eachother, they could have lasted longer, without their society breakling and them having a war, the Naval officer would never have found the deserted island and rescued the boys. Aside from the deaths, everything worked out fine.