"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.

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Evil and savagery lurk in everyone; they are not created by outside influences. Society serves to control the bloodlust inside of every human being. This idea is the main theme in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding. Golding strives to prove that outside the control of society, savagery will take over and conquer all morality inside a person. Jack, one of the main characters in the book, is one of the major representatives of Golding's beliefs. Jack stands as the symbol for the savage instinct of mankind.

The Lord of the Flies is about a group of English schoolboys who get stranded on an inhabited island when their plane is shot down during the war. The four main characters in the book are Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon. Ralph is an outgoing and charismatic boy, the protagonist of the story. He is keen on maintaining a sense of civilization on the island amongst the boys.

Piggy is Ralph's lieutenant. He is the smartest of the boys, representing intelligence and the scientific aspect of civilization. Jack is Ralph's opposite and the antagonist of the story. He is the leader of the choirboys and full of jealousy for Ralph. He represents the savage instinct inside us all. Simon is pure goodness. He is on a different level from all of the other boys on the island.

Shortly after the plane is shot down, Ralph and Piggy discover a conch shell. Ralph blows into the conch shell and uses its unique sound to draw the other boys to him. Ralph and Piggy call a meeting to discuss the fate of the boys on the island. Soon after the meeting is called, Jack arrives with his group of choirboys in tow. When Ralph proclaims that they should elect a leader and try...