Essay about Civilization's Connection to Morals and Savagery

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The comedian Bill Cosby once said, "Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them." However humorous of a statement this is, it was not that unique of a concept. Diverging from society and creating new laws is not a concept created in recent-time. Several people have created new societies, such as the Puritans, who wished to achieve religious freedom in the United States. A modern-day example of the creation of new civilizations was the foundation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Although new civilizations have been made, is it possible to imagine what would happen if a group of people simply left civilization? Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, discussed the possible consequences. Lord of the flies …show more content…
His automated response for when he gets lost was created by his parents, who represent civilization, showing that these boys have been molded by their society. However, as the novel progresses and as the amount of time without civilization increases, the group becomes more savage-like. For example, in chapter 9, some period of time after the boys decided to separate, Jack held a feast. At this feast, the whole group became aroused, Ralph and Piggy included. They formed a circle while chanting about how they were going to kill the beast and slit his throat. Subsequently, Simon fell in to the circle, while looking quite gruesome. After the boys saw Simon, they mistook him as the beast. "At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws" (Golding 153). At this point in the novel, the boys have reached a stage where they are unable to think before acting, causing them to make savage and immoral decisions. Had the boys took a second to observe who it was that fell in to the circle, they would never have committed murder. However, the boys were not accustomed to thinking rationally due to the lack of civilization. Ordinarily, the boys are penalized for making rash decisions; they were forced to think about what they should do; this enforcement has been non-existent. The boys became greater

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