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In the human world there is a subtle line between civilization and savagery Many would like to think that they would never cross this line but even the most wary can be pushed off the their platform of society and organization into a world of savagery and chaos In Lord of the Flies by William Golding a group of British boys are stranded on an island with no adults after their plan crashes At first the boys attempt to create a somewhat organized environment but over time they become a barbaric mob of savages This book is a novel of descent a gradual curve from attempted maturity and hopes of survival to mass hysteria dark impulses and frenzied bloodlust Then towards the end of the book the mood lifts slightly leading the characters to revelations regret and the loss of innocence This path of descent is clearly represented by several key events - the finding of the conch and failed attempt at civilization the killing of Simon an altruistic boy and the rescue of the boys At the beginning of the book Ralph the main character and Piggy a fat intelligent boy find a conch shell Ralph blows into the conch and calls an assembly with all the boys on the island There they vote Ralph to be chief Then Ralph and Jack an arrogant redhead start to create an organized society using the conch as a device of authority Anyone who has the conch has a right to speak and voice his opinion Bonding together in an imitation of society the boys organize themselves into their own interpretation of civilization Well have rules says Jack Lots of rules Then when anyone breaks em - 33 This quote is significant because it shows Jacks willingness to establish order It becomes an ironic comparison later on in the book when Jack shouts Bollocks to the rules 91 Though Jack was originally eager and willing to
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