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The Lord of the Flies is a picture of our society todayDiscuss the statement and show the way the statement appliesThe Lord of the Flies is about a mini-society of boys formed by chance Their isolation from adults forced reality upon them and so they had to think for themselves and work together As a commentary of todays society it does well to explain some of todays issues like violence laws pride greed fear religious power and the conflict between living in a civilised society or savageryIt is all about the choice the boys made when life became real In the beginning their lives were controlled and protected by their parents teachers and police officers Jack cannot kill the pig even though he can eat meat because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh p 41 Roger cannot hit the boys with the stones even though he could if he wanted to because he has been conditioned by the society he used to live in This is the type of society the children live in Everything is a game until the beast The beast signals the end of the games and start of reality Lives are at stake in perspective of the boys and survival must occur in any form Our society is much like this as todays society is also about survival and what choices we make to surviveThe mini-society started off peaceful The purpose was to set a signal fire and live off fruit until help came The conflict came when the fire and hunting could not be committed to at the same time As the fire was a 24 hour task and hunting needed the whole party the party started to take sides Ralphs fire would be the sensible thing to do to get rescued however hunting would lift the standard of living for all the boys and would also be a luxury recreational event The fire
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