Chaos on the island

Essay by carmennHigh School, 10th gradeB, January 2005

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In the novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, the reader can see how a society of boys quickly dissolves into a chaotic and erratic group of salvages. The boys, or any society for that matter, cannot safely function without proper leadership, law enforcement, and a structured environment. It is the lack of these three elements that lead to chaos on the island.

Due to not having proper leadership, Ralph and Jack, two of the older boys, step up to lead the boys. Ralph and Jack have very different ways of leading the rest; Ralph tries to be nice and treat everyone as equals, yet jack realizes that this is not working and therefore chooses to show he is better by using violence and force. "I'm chief!' Viciously with full intention hurled his spear at Ralph. The point tore skin and flesh over Ralph's ribs then sheared off and fell into the water," (Lord of the Flies pg.181).

Jack was so worried about hunting and showing he is tough that he forgets about the signal fire, leaving no way to be rescued. Ralph knows that the boys want to be rescued and is furious with Jack for letting the fire go out. "You talk. But you can't even build huts- then you go off hunting and let the fire out," (pg. 71). Golding focuses on leadership by writing about the battle between Jack and Ralph, yet he shows the reader that neither of the boys are mature enough to lead the boys safely.

Law enforcement is not exactly present on the island, although to make the boys do what he wants, Jack simply uses violence and threat. Two boys are killed do to his violence and salvage behavior, being chief he is setting an example...