A thesis statement is an invaluable part of an essay as it allows the writer to stay focused on the main purpose of the essay. It is a good idea to reread the thesis statement several times to ensure that the emphasis remains. Basically, a thesis statement supports whatever claims the writer may intend to make and it should persuade the reader, once the supporting evidence has been produced, and convince him to agree with the writer's point of view.
In Lord of The Flies, there are various topics which a writer could focus on, most of which hinge on the civilization versus savagery theme which William Golding portrays so vividly. Each topic could deal with a different aspect, such as the changes in the boys in the absence of "grown-ups;" the fact that Ralph and Piggy work so hard to maintain order, stressing the importance of the conch; the different priorities of Ralph and Jack as they compete for leadership; the importance of "the beast" and how if affects the decision-making; Jack's complete descent into unrestrained evil and also the brutal loss of innocence that completes the story.
Potential thesis statements, which would appear in the introductory passage, could be:
1)Jack's behavior and Ralph's inexperience cause the complete breakdown of all sense of decency and human compassion.
The main emphasis here could be on how, despite Ralph's best efforts and Piggy's help, Jack is a stronger character than Ralph, questioning everything and gradually breaking down Ralph's position, persuading the others to join his "tribe."
2)The conch represents the only hope the boys have of maintaining order. It is a symbol of democracy and civilization on the island where the boys find themselves.
Jack has little respect for the conch from the beginning and this is seen in his behavior and his treatment of Piggy. Jack uses and abuses the conch, which indicates his lack of respect for authority, and is ultimately responsible for its destruction. It is significant that Piggy dies when the conch is smashed.
3) "The Beast" signifies the unknown to the boys and they are afraid of it to the point of being irrational. Only Simon comes to an understanding of the fear that exists within each person. Jack capitalizes on fear and uses it and violence as a weapon to manipulate the boys in his attempts to be the leader.
Fear is a very real feeling for the boys, once the euphoria of being on a deserted island, with no adult supervision, subsides. The fact that the beast is a figment of the imagination does not make it any less scary. Basic instincts take over when Ralph's leadership style is not sufficient to maintain order and to stop Jack from forcing the boys to accept his "hunter-or-be-hunted approach.
Lord of the Flies - Savagery Essay
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Lord of the Flies - Savagery
“There are too many people, and too few human beings.” (Robert Zend) Even though there are many people on this planet, there are very few civilized people. Most of them are naturally savaged. In the book, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, boys are stranded on an island far away, with no connections to the adult world. These children, having no rules, or civilization, have their true nature exposed. Not surprisingly, these children’s nature happens to be savagery. Savagery can clearly be identified in humans when there are no rules, when the right situation arouses, and finally when there is no civilization around us.
Without rules, savagery takes over. Without rules, man is free to do whatever he…show more content…
The boys don’t put into practice their teachings from church/school on the island, but become savage beasts. This shows us that man is civilized in our society, only because of the fear for higher authority, not because that’s their nature.
Man can only cover up inner savagery so long, before it breaks out, given the right situation. This states that with or without rules man will become savage when given the right situation. Every single man in this world is filled with inner savagery. But in this society, they tend to restrict the savagery from escaping. Given the right situation, their true nature, savagery, will be released. For example in the Simpsons, Ned Flanders, is the most civilized person. But yet on one particular episode he becomes savage when he is presented with the perfect circumstance. Golding quotes beautifully, “Then dog-like, uncomfortably on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort, he stole forward five yards and stopped. There was a loop of creeper with a tendril pendant from a node. The tendril was polished on the under side; pig, passing through the loop, brushed it with their bristly hide.”- Lord of the Flies (pg. 48) Jack is the leader of the church choir, but yet he shows no qualities of a church choir leader once he starts hunting for boars. It is not necessary that we need an island to break out into savagery, because even in our society, when man is given the right situation, his savagery will break