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When away from civilization mans facade of civilized behavior falls away This thought is express greatly in William Golding Lord of the Flies Goldings uses characters and events to prove this belief He uses the protagonist Ralph as the example of how no matter how you try the instinctual savagery of humans will surface The antagonist Jack is the example of the change His metamorphosis from a civilized optimistic British boy to a bloodthirsty savage leader is one that Golding tracks conscientiously Then a proof of the true savagery of human instinct he illustrates the doings of Jacks tribe Using William Golding by Samuel Hynes and The Novel as a Moral Allegory by PH Newby the change of the boys trapped on a deserted island will be clearRalphs attempt at a civilization and his failure is proof that humans will be savages if not restricted Ralph and the reader have a connection that is important to understand Ralph provides the most consistent point of view because he most nearly speaks for us the reader Hynes pg 173 Because Ralph is the readers thoughts in the story Golding elucidates that no amount of logical thinking can stop this metamorphosisRalph tries very hard to bring democratic idea to the island He takes as a totem the conch making it a symbol of rational orderly discussion Hynes pg 173 The conch symbolizes rules like one cannot speak at an assembly without holding the conch These rules are proof of Ralphs attempt Ralphs attempt becomes more difficult as Jack begins to shun the conch and the rules it represents Ralph and Jack they are antithetical but intimately linked tighterman-the-destroyer confronting man-the-preserver Hynes pg 173 This is where the change begins Ralph as a character remains logical But other forces stray the other boys hunting the beast and the need for security As the book progresses Ralph never gives into these instincts yet he relies why they are so luringJack
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