Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the flies

Ralph and Jack noticeably sustain different beliefs and appoint different rules within their own territory. The two leaders obtain dissimilar values, and thus live different lives, and lead their groups in their own distinctive ways. After Jack, who represents savagery and a desire for power had stolen piggy's glasses, which left Ralph and he's group angered without their prime source of fire. Hellbound to right a wrong Ralph marched his way to Castle Rock where he had hoped to make Jack understand the significance of the signal fire in any hope that the boys might have of ever being rescued. Jack and Ralph did not see eye to eye and this sent Ralph into a fury and they began to fight. Jack and his army of savagery had towered to unrestrained prominence when they began to attack Ralph with their spears, however luckily he escaped into the jungle.

Furthermore in my opinion the conflict between Jack and Ralph throughout the novel is due to the fact that Jack strived for dictatorship where as Ralph tired to maintain a democratic community within the group of boys on the island.

This is where the theme civilisation versus savagery comes into play. The conflict between Ralph and Jack, who respectively symbolize civilization and savagery, is dramatized due to their vicious clash and each boy's distinct approach towards authority. For example Ralph exploited his power to protect the group by imposing applicable rules and enforced the moral codes of the English culture by which the boys grew up in. As Ralph quoted, "which is better to have laws and agree or to hunt and kill?" This shows his mentality towards democracy. Jack however is only interested in gaining power over the other boys and refused to acknowledge the validity of...