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An Analysis of the Development of the Deterioration of the Relationship Between Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies
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Trace the development of the deterioration of the relationship between Ralph and JackBoth characters whom I will be focusing on and contrasting in this essay come from the same book it is the William Goldings Lord of the Flies The book was the first work of fiction of Goldings written in 1954 It is an unusually and carefully constructed fable that was in Goldings words an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human natureThe novel shows a group of English boys on a Pacific island where civilisation reverts to savagery The book deals with the conflict between humanitys inner barbarism on one side and the civilising influence of reason on the otherEach of the two characters I have chosen to contrast and compare is presented in the novel as the most influential representative of each of the two sides Jack the chief of the hunters representing the hidden human passion and almost animal cruelty and Ralph with Piggy and a few other children who represents human common senseWhen the reader enters the book they find the whole group of the boys on a small island after they had been evacuated from their hometown and after their plane had crashed leaving them on the island with no grown-upsAt the beginning of the book the position of Jack and Ralph is more or less equal They are both well-conditioned boys of school age who find themselves on a lonely island with some other boys of various age but not older than themselves They share similar opinions about their situation and its solution They both want to be rescued and taken home They both realise that there are a lot of things they must do to survive on the island until all of them get rescued And lastly they both are dominant types but yet at the beginning of the novel they both acknowledge each others authority and behave to each
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