"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

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There were a lot of underlying reasons to why the boys' civilization failed in the book The Lord of The Flies. They had many problems with each other because the group was split up among friends. One group would go out and do one thing, while the other group would do another. This led to many more problems, such as deciding and agreeing on a leader, who would do what jobs, and most importantly, which of the boys would become the leader of the crew. Futhermore, the boys all seem to dislike Jack and Roger. This will make it extremely hard for either of them to stop singing. Like my father. So, that eliminates them from the picture. Simon and Rex don't seem to be helping much, and

When all the boys met each other on the island, they all had their own separate friends. The choir boys stuck together, the littluns stuck together, Sam and Eric stuck together, and Piggy and Ralph stayed close by each other.

Unless everyone can work together as a team, everyone will begin fighting. This is exactly what happened. When they decided on a leader (Ralph) Jack hated it. He wanted to be leader and thought he was the best for the job. Already he had started to rebel. He wouldn't do what Ralph said, and tried to get everyone to disobey him. If the boys do not work together on anything, it's never going to work. While Jack and others were rebelling, Ralph was trying his best to keep the island together.

One example of how not working together hurt their the civilization severely was, when they were building the shelters. Everyone was supposed to help, but only two people (Ralph and Simon) could honestly say they helped build all the houses.