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Year 10 English- Assessment Task 2003 LORD OF THE FLIES ESSAY Lord of the Flies appears to be a somewhat ill natured story about little boys isolated on an island In reality it is a horrible story about the general characteristics and feelings of mankind Being stranded on an island is a situation that can have a severe physical and mental impact on those involved As the boys on the island discover such a situation can lead to their true selves breaking out from beneath their childish exteriors Destruction fear death authority and order are some of the themes William Golding presents us with these themes will be discussed in this essay In Lord of the Flies part of the nasty story is the destruction of order and the abuse of authority When all the boys meets together in chapter 2 there is at first an agreement to order the island with a democratic system and this is first represented by the conch which is in effect the symbol for democracy on the island Ill give the conch to the next person to speak He can hold it when hes speakingp45 The whole system of democracy begins to fail early on in the book Jacks stubbornness to cooperate is the main cause of this he hunts on his own and takes away many of the boys from democracy All at once the crowd swayed towards the island and were gone following Jackp49 Most of the boys dont play their part in the democratic society as Theyre off bathing or eating or playingp Ralph makes meetings and everyone talks and makes decisions but very rarely are these ideas actually put into action Initially there is some conflict between Ralph and Jack but this is just a struggle of egos not necessarily showing any kind of savagery but as the novel progresses Jack insists on dictatorship he breaks the rules frequently
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