Lord Of The Flies: Journal Entries

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Civilization:The way the children behaved in the later half of the novel was far from civilized. They are easily convinced to go against their past way of life. From the beginning of the novel, the boys have trouble uniting. There are several attempts at trying to run the island in a civilized manner, but it all falls apart very quickly.Humans are tempted quite a lot by their uncivilized nature. Most of us know the difference between right and wrong, need and desire. It is strange that even though we are aware we are doing something wrong, we still do it. Almost always, we seem to choose our desires over our needs. At the end, the boys are split up in to two tribes. One symbolises good and ...view middle of the document...

Jack on the other hand, just wants to become the boys' leader. Do whatever it takes. He does end up persuading most of them to join him near the end.The novel seems to symbolise greatly, good and evil. I don't believe that Jack is evil, but is actually misguided. At first he doesn't seem to care if Ralph is the leader, but then he suddenly reveals the truth. Jack wants power. Maybe he doesn't like taking orders from a younger boy, or thinks that since Ralph can't hunt, he is not a good leader. He is obsessed with the fact that he can hunt. He uses this to convince the boys to his side.Ralph also gets this feeling of pride from hunting when he hits the boar with a spear. He keeps talking on and on as if he accomplished a heroic feat. Ralph knows, however, that there are more important things than hunting. Even when Jack is afraid of the beast, Ralph is not sure if he believes in it. It seems to me that Ralph is more mature than Jack even though he is younger.Both Ralph and Jack have skills that define them as leaders. Ralph just uses them in a good way. Jack uses them to get what he wants, which is mainly power. There have many great leaders throughout human history, many of them...

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