25 March 2019
Law and Order
In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the author tells a story of a group of kids that become stranded on a deserted island due to a plane crash. There, they try to create a civilized society but fail miserably. The author’s intention of writing this book is to show what would happen if there wasn't order, law, or anything preventing people from doing whatever they want. In the book, there are a lot of instances where the author mirrors the reader's own modern day society. In both Lord of the Flies and real-life, societies fall to the ground because they have no law and order.
At the beginning of chap 8 of LOFT one of the main characters, Jack leaves the group and storms off into the woods. Initially, he leaves alone but a group of kids soon follow him because he is in possession of the conch, one of the only symbols of law and order in the island ¨I am not going to be a part of Ralph's lot ¨ and ¨I am going off by myself¨ (pg.127, Golding). As we can observe here, there is still some sort of law and order because the kids decided to follow Jack but we can see conflicts emerge by his decision to leave. He decided to leave because he was arguing with the current leader Ralph. We can see a partnership between the book in real -life in real life societies one of the stars of its fall is when there's conflict in between its government. Jack leaving the group and forming a small rebellion is one of the parallels that the book draws from real life. Twain used to be a Chinese colony in the mid 17th century later it became a colony of Japan in 1895. The Sino-Japanese War was what lead Taiwan to become a colony of Japan. This mirrors the events in the book because after the leadership that China had on Taiwan failed Japan swooped in and made a new colony a new community out of the previously china owned Taiwan. Japan didn't like the way China was ruling over Taiwan so they took matters into their own hands just like Jack did in the book.
In the next chapter of LOFT the flies a character named was killed by Jack and the same group of boys that rebelled against Ralph in his rule. One of the recurring themes in the book is that of a beast that is in the island with the kids we don´t know if it is real or just a product of their imagination but by what happened in this page we can conclude that this sitting of the beast was all a product of their imagination.¨A great wave of the tide moved further along the island and the water lifted. Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea¨( pg.154, Golding). Simon was not as important as his death was to the book. This was a turning point in the story we can officially see that the characters have become savage due to a lack of a proper system of law and order. This connects to the real world country of Somalia although they have a government that is recognized internationally. Their society is based on clans and they don't really have a set government. This could lead to similar things that happened in the book to happen in this country because there are no set rules to stop you from killing or doing whatever you want.
In one of the last chapters of LOFT a very important and central character, Piggy is killed by a boulder thrown by Jack the leader of the new group. This boulder pushes him off a cliff and he lands on the bottom of the cliff crush in between the boulder and the rocks of the pit.¨The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist¨ (pg.18, Golding). Not only did Jack murder Piggy in a horrific way but he also destroyed the conch the only symbol of hope, law, and order. By Jack destroying the conch, this shows that there is no longer anything to control the kids and any hope of the island being a civilized society is closed. There is no longer any law and order in place at the island and it has suffered the same fate that nations without laws in placed have suffered. The island is now an uncivilized society where anything can happen because there are no laws in place.
In summary, LOFT has a lot of instances where it mirrors real life societies and what happens when a society has no real law and order in place. The book has plenty of concepts that play into the real world, law and order would just be one of them. The book draws parallels from real-world societies and civilizations and their failed attempt at having law and order. The book also showcases how a society can become savage if there are no laws in placed to control and prevent people from doing whatever they please. We can see all of these concepts in play a huge role in the books through the means of symbols and actual events that happen in the story. The book is an analysis of societies and how different concepts and ideas can play a big role in that society success or downfall.
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