"Lord of the Flies" analysis.

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This quote describes the life faced by the characters stranded on an isolated island, in the 1963 film, Lord of the Flies. It portrays the suffering and distress experienced on the island, as ghastly and horrific as 'the horror of non-being", or death.

The film is about a group of British schoolboys who find themselves dilapidated on a deserted island, without adults to supervise them. Their way of life quickly degenerates into brutality, violence and even murder.

Such delineation reminds us that a system of laws and rules not only provides a framework within which society can function effectively, but is also necessary for its very survival. Without it, social order breaks down, as people need laws and guidelines to achieve and maintain harmonious interrelationships.

Throughout the film, the director contrasts good and evil, kindness and cruelty, civilization and savagery, guilt and indifference, responsibility and anarchy.

Anarchy is not only the absence of law and order, but the reciprocal of tyranny.

This is only one of the legal notions that are presented in the film. The film can be viewed as a contrast between democracy and anarchy. It is a study of mankind's basic nature, and the picture that is painted by Golding (the author of the book on which the film is based) is very negative.

At the beginning of the film, we are introduced to two boys, Ralph and Piggy. Ralph is an outgoing character, who represents decency, friendship and loyalty. He is the type of person that will talk to anyone. We quickly learn that he also has shortcomings, as he is too authoritarian. His emphasis on rules stands in the way of the children having fun. In many cases, his character has been compared to that of the powerful authoritarian Troy.

Piggy, on the...