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William Goldings award winning novel The Lord of the Flies shows how anybody could regress into savagery no matter what the persons 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 Ralphs 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 powerThe assembly moved towards dictatorship when Jack started to discredit Ralph and the conch And you shut up Who are you anyway Sitting there - telling people what to do You cant hunt you cant sing- I think that this statement stayed in the boys heads throughout the rest of the story Jack finally broke off by himself and invited people to join him However nobody went with him at first because they were worried about what Ralph would think Eventually everyone except for Ralph Piggy Samneric and
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