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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 At the beginning of the novel, the boys all want to have a self-sufficient civilization until they can be rescued. They have meetings and try to establish order among themselves. Lord of the Flies: Reading Focus Project Savagery Civilization "The chief said we got to challenge everyone," (Roger, 159). Jack and Roger are determined to tear apart Ralph's tribe.They show how greedy and uncivilized they are by doing this.They should all stick together and help each other to try to surviveand be rescued. Jack and Roger do not care about this;all they want to do is hunt, kill, and have fun. "Meetings. Don't we love meetings? Every day. Twice a day. We talk" (Ralph, 51). "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood" (69). The boys start off civilized and try to establish a society, but then they begin to act like savages. "I expect we'll want to know all their names,and make a list. We ought to have a meeting" (Piggy, 11). "I'm going to get more of the biguns away from the conch and all that" (Jack, 133). "Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life." (62). At this point, the boys are all tired of being on the island, and they are quickly becoming savages. They are stealing fromeach other and getting so ready to fight that they forgethow to settle things like civil people. They boys all realize that theywould not act rude towards each other(Roger throwing rocks at children)if they were back in civilization. "We'd have given them fire for themselves only they stole it," (Ralph, 170). The boys have quickly forgotten anysense of civilized manner and conduct.They are quick to fight and arguebecause they have been away fromcivilization for so long. "That was murder," (Ralph, 156). To conclude, Golding shows the importance of civilization of a community in Lord of the Flies. He shows this through the boys' actions; they progressively get worse and more violent the longer they are away from civilization and rules. Ralph is thinking about how disgusting this new life is. He wants to go back to a clean civilized life. It is much easier, and he would prefer it over living like wild animals. He feels dirty, and all he can think about at this moment is how badly he wants to be clean again. "He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut this hair -- he flung the mass back -- cut this filthy hair right back to half an inch. He would like to have a bath, a proper wallow with soap. He passed his tongue experimentally over his teeth and decided that a toothbrush would come in handy too. Then there were his nails --" (109). "Ralph -- remember what we came for. The fire. My specs," (Piggy, 177).
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