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In The Lord of the Flies William Golding has attempted to position readers to see that society is destined to failure because of the defects of human nature He has done this through the characters in the story and their response to certain events The 2 boys Ralph and Jack represent the two sides of order rules and civilization Through his development of these two characters and through events in the story Golding highlights the negative aspects of human nature and shows the society breaking down Goldings mythical beast also backs up the argument of human nature causing societys demise It is he beast in us all which when unleashed breaks down society Piggy and Simon both represent positive aspects of society and are killed by other characters - the negative human traits causing death of necessary traits of a successful society The various characters responses to events in the story such as the conch shell the fire and Piggys glasses all contribute to showing that defects in humans cause society to fail Ralph represents leadership order rules and civilization - He is representative of a culture that the boys are used to where leadership is used for the good of people especially protection of the littleuns who represent people ruled by government However this order breaks down quickly due to the non-conforming Jack who also wants to rule but with different ideals He is not democratically elected but is a self-elected dictator denouncing Ralphs leadership demanding to be the leader to fight the beast im chief This causes a split between the boys with Jacks tribe showing all the negative traits of human nature and having the larger following His tribe shows cruelty in its treatment of other humans pleasure in slaughtering pigs bloodlust in painting their faces and war dancing and terrifying other boys on the beach The other boys show defects in human nature by their following Jack a
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