According to SparkNotes, there are two major conflicts in the "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding: the circumstance of being stranded on an island and the conflict of whether they will set up a civilization with order or descend into savagery, chaos and violence. Golding explored the dark side of this conflict in human nature through these marooned boys and their choices.Know More
The major conflict of civilization versus savagery is embodied by two of the main characters: Jack and Ralph. At the start of the story, the boys elect Ralph to lead them. Ralph comes to represent reason, order and civilization. Meanwhile, Jack is more interested in hunting and finding the beast. He eventually takes over from Ralph and starts his own tribe. Jack leads the boys in violence and blood thirsty hunts. The beast that Jack and his tribe chase is imaginary.
One of the boys, Simon, tries to reveal that the beast is inside them--another conflict and theme that Golding created with innate human evil. Jack and his followers do not accept this news, and they savagely kill Simon and later Piggy. By the time the boys are rescued, they have lost their innocence; savagery has won out in the conflict with civilization.Learn more about Fiction
Piggy in "Lord of the Flies" dies when a rock is thrown at him from a cliff, hitting him in the head and causing him to fall 40 feet to his death. The all-important conch shell, which kept order on the island and called the boys to meetings, shatters at the same time Piggy is killed.Full Answer >
Examples of figurative language in the novel "Lord of the Flies" are when Ralph says that he makes decisions like how he plays chess and when Simon describes the dead sow's eyes as "dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life." Figurative language includes: metaphors, personifications, allusions, idioms and puns.Full Answer >
Jack allows the fire to go out in "The Lord of the Flies" because he is distracted by killing a pig. Just before he kills the pig, Jack paints his face with red and white clay. The clay makes Jack feel like a "stranger," and it makes the other boys obey him and follow him to hunt, even though it means they're leaving the fire untended.Full Answer >
The theme of savagery versus civilization in "Lord of the Flies" captures the competing impulses inside humanity: the first instinct is that of civilization, where individuals follow rules created for the good of the group, and they possess moral values, versus the second instinct toward violence, evil actions, selfishness and power at any cost. When looked at from a broader lens, this is the innate conflict of good versus evil.Full Answer >