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The Lord of the Flies occurs on an island and yet many of its features represent parts of society What features are they what do they represent and how successful are they on the island Although William Goldings the Lord of the Flies occurs on an island many of its features clearly represent a microcosm of the society we live in today Most of these features are conveyed successfully yet some are not This essay will explore the ways in which William Golding has represented modern western society throughout the text Features to be analysed are Ralph who portrays democracy and logic Piggy who represents rationality and intellectualism a Christ-like figure illustrated by Simon Jack who signifies savagery and anarchy the conch which delivers law and order and the beast which mirrors the evil sins and darkness of society On the island democracy and logic is represented by Ralph Golding describes him as tall blonde attractive and is built like a boxer as is stated in the novel Ralph is calm and rational with sound judgement and a strong moral sensibility His handsome features and the conch as a symbol of power and order make him stand out from the other boys and led to his being proclaimed Chief There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out there was his size and attractive appearance and most obscurely yet most powerfully there was the conch This proves that he was respected for being familiar as the role of an adult The second part of this quote refers to the conch and how Ralph unknowingly uses this to gain power and respect from the other boys Ralph immediately sets rules in which he feels his society can properly function showing that he is well organised and is trying to establish order Ill give the conch to the next person to speak He can hold it when hes speaking And wont
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