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The Shattering of Reason within a SocietyWilliam Golding in his novel Lord of the Flies symbolically describes the degeneration of a civilized society in three stages Embedded within this story of a group of young boys struggling to survive alone on a deserted island are insights to the capacity of evil within the human soul and how it can completely destroy society After a plane crash that results in their inhabitation of the island the boys establish a democratic society that thrives on order necessity and unity Slowly however the peaceful society that they create shatters through a path of hatred disrespect murder and the release of the true human soulUpon a desolate tropical island the lost boys begin to organize themselves to gain a sense of stability order and brotherhood They elect Ralph the oldest boy at twelve years of age as leader and use a conch found in the lagoon as a symbol of democracy and respect Two other children Jack the head of a choir group and Simon a small but intellectual boy accompany Ralph on an expedition to determine whether the land is truly an island They find that it is indeed true and compose a plan to light a fire on the beach to create smoke their only hope of rescue After they obtain the glasses of an intelligent and rather fat child called Piggy they make a fire using the sunlight and glass lenses However the fire spreads to the forest quickly and destroys the groups supply of firewood The boys shrug this off as an accident and Ralph and Simon commence work on shelters They begin to build a society that contains rules and government I agree with Ralph states Jack Weve got to have rules and obey them After all were not savages 40 The boys establish bonds of friendship and work together to help one another but soon forget what is truly most important to their
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