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Innocence vs. Savagery

Lord of the Flies Theme Analysis
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Krystal VanDuysen

on 18 March 2015

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Transcript of Innocence vs. Savagery

The Lord of the Flies
written by: william golding
Civilization
Savagery
VS.
Exploring the theme of:
instinct to gratify one’s immediate desires
act violently to obtain supremacy over others,
enforce one’s will.
Kill the pig. Cut her throat.
Bash her in (75)
Golding implies that the instinct of savagery is far more primal and fundamental to the human psyche than the instinct of civilization.
Golding sees moral behavior, in many cases, as something that civilization forces upon the individual rather than a natural expression of human individuality.
When left to their own devices, Golding implies, people naturally revert to cruelty, savagery, and barbarism.
the instinct to live by rules
act peacefully
follow moral commands
value the good of the group
This idea of innate human evil is central to Lord of the Flies, and finds expression in several important symbols:
beast
the pigs’s head on the stake

Among all the characters, only
Simon
seems to possess anything like a natural, innate goodness.
As the novel progresses, Golding shows how different people feel the influences of the instincts of civilization and savagery to different degrees.

Piggy = no savage feelings
Roger = seems barely capable of comprehending the rules of civilization.
HISTORICAL EXAMPLE
MODERN DAY EXAMPLE
Civilization vs. Savagery
The children of the holocaust showcase the most intimate and harsh example of a child losing their innocence. Granted, in this situation, the loss was not self created, but rather forced upon them.
A precise, albeit dredafully unfortunate example of modern day children losing
their innocence's seen through the forced
use of children as soldiers.
This conflict might be expressed in a number of ways:

civilization vs. savagery
order vs. chaos
reason vs. impulse
law vs. anarchy
or the broader heading of good vs. evil.
Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel, which means that Golding conveys many of his

main ideas and themes symbolic characters and objects.


He represents the conflict between civilization and savagery in the conflict between the novel’s two main characters:

Ralph, the protagonist, who represents order and leadership

Jack, the antagonist, who represents savagery and the desire for power.
civilization
good


savagery
evil.
The conflict between the two instincts is the driving force of the novel !
Young English boys’ civilized, moral, disciplined behavior
Wild, brutal, barbaric life in the jungle.
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