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Internal and External Conflict
Transcript of Internal and External Conflict
All of the conflicts described were results of the inherent human nature which Golding described. Selfishness, fear, greed, violence, evil- things we cannot escape because they are a part of us. The defects, the problems in this microcosm of society showed the true darkness of man's heart.
Internal and External Conflict in Lord of the Flies
Jack's Obsession with Killing Pigs
"He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.
'I went on. I thought, by myself-'
The madness came into his eyes again,"
(Golding, 51). Chapter 2.
Missed Chance to Escape
" 'There was a ship out there. You said you'd keep the fire going and you let it out!' "
(Golding, 70). Chapter 3.
" 'We've seen the beast with out own eyes. No- we weren't asleep-' "
(Golding, 100). Chapter 6.
The Division of Tribes
" 'I'm going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too,' "
(Golding, 127). Chapter 8.
The Guilt of Killing Simon
" 'That was Simon.'
'You said that before.'
'That was murder,' "
(Golding, 156). Chapter 10.
The Death of Piggy and the Conch
"The rock struck Piggy, a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist."
- (Golding, 181). Chapter 11.
The Loss of Innocence
"And in the middle of them, with filthy and matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy,"
(Golding, 202). Chapter 12.
This quote marks the beginning of Jack's internal decline into savagery, a problem he struggles with on a mental level. It begins with the need to kill pigs, but grows into the groups' downfall.
Here we see savagery being put above civilization for the first time. The hunters letting out the fire creates huge conflict with Ralph, who antagonizes the hunters for letting a chance to escape pass.
The possible presence of a beast, as shown by the quote, is an ongoing fear and problem for the boys. It is a conflict which plays a part in driving the group apart and Simon's death.
This quote, in which Jack creates his own tribe, is start of complete chaos and savagery. The external conflict between Ralph and Jack is more evident than ever.
In this quote, we see Ralph realizing the weight of their actions, the reality of them, which is a heavy internal burden and conflict. Neither him, Piggy, nor Samneric can believe or accept what they did and deny the truth.
With both Piggy and the conch gone, Ralph is left powerless and without allies or civilization. This external confrontation, physical conflict, leaves him alone with the savages.
After all the killing and savagery has ended, all that the boys are left with is the guilt and weight of their actions. They must live with and internally face the fact that everything that happened was of their doing, that innocence is gone.
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