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Throughout Lord of the Flies written by William Golding Ralph struggles with extreme conflicts and comes to terms with a society that is like no other that he has been exposed to After spending 12 years in civilization in England he is forced to live in a society unlike one that he is used to On the island Ralph learns the bitter truth about people and what lies in them-their selfishness and thirst for power their ability to possess hate and the fact that without society we become nothing more than ruthless savages Human society needs order and the easiest way to establish this is to create a government The government can make rules and try to shape the culture to how they want it to appear but unless the members of that culture abide by the set rules the government will never work Ralph learns this very important lesson when he is trying to establish rules for their society on the island As Jack and Ralph are creating their civilization they say Well have rules lots of rules Then anyone who breaks em- 33 Ralph feels that as a leader he should institute a set of laws things that will be done on the island He thinks that because he is the leader then everyone will abide by what he says As their civilization starts to fall apart Ralph realizes the importance of a real society-a government rules and individuals who will be there to enforce those regulations Ralph knows that their past society has left a huge impact on their lives Here invisible yet strong was the taboo of the old life Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law Rogers arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins 62 One who lives in a certain culture will conform to the standards of that culture Ralph comes
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