English Lord of the Flies Essay

English Lord of the Flies Essay - C ivilization vs. Chaos...

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Robert Wu Lord of the Flies Essay Period 8 5/5/09 Sigmund Freud defines individuals as storehouses of energy who use various outlets in order to pacify these storehouses, whether through food, security, or love. The microcosm society of boys within the Lord of the Flies represents a macrocosm society in which instinctive impulses, or Id, conflict with ego. Ralph represents the civilized leader within a society who tries to establish and maintain order, whereas Jack represents the savage individual who manipulates others in order to obtain his personal desires. William Golding demonstrates that brutality is innate while civilization is learned in the Lord of the Flies because power flows from the civilized Ralph to the wild Jack as the novel progresses.
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At the beginning of the novel, all the boys still possess a sense of civilization as shown by their desire to create an orderly society. Once Ralph and Piggy use a conch to summon the other boys, the boys elect Ralph as their leader because he initially assembles them by blowing the conch. The conch not only serves as a symbol of civilization and order but only enables Ralph to maintain a democratic society on the island. Using the conch, Ralph calls meetings to discuss issues and maintain order during these meetings. Another way in which the boys recreate a society is through
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Salazar during the Spring '10 term at Punjab Engineering College.

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English Lord of the Flies Essay - C ivilization vs. Chaos...

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