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Mans Malevolence The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a parable that communicates the theme that in the absence of a structured societal system all humans possess the potential to succumb to their most evil instincts and desires At the beginning of the novel the boys who are stranded on an island work to build a functional society Later in the story their society begins to decay and break apart At the end of the book evil completely overwhelms the boys To glimpse these three stages is to glimpse the condition of mankind in its struggle against its own inherent flaws To start the boys strive together to get rescued and maintain the bare necessities of life First to uphold order the sociable intelligent boy Ralph emerges as a leader and creates a system to control communication He says Thats what this shells called Ill give the conch to the next person to speak He can hold it when hes speaking 29 The conch represents tranquility and fairness in that one who possesses it has undivided attention Virtuous behavior appears to be a characteristic of their new society due to their democratic system of government where everyone has an equal opportunity to speak At this point they are far away from barbarity Furthermore the inhabitants of the island think of possible ways to be saved At the meeting initiated by the sound of the conch Ralph ponders possible escape plans He states If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us So we must make smoke on top of the mountain We must make a fire 33 Ralph commences his relationship with the rest of the other adolescents in an excellent mature way He proves to be similar to an adult-like authority and exhibits rationality on the island Civilization becomes a probable trait of the new society because of an abundance of rationality and aptitude Lastly
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