Civilisation vs. Savagery (LOTF)


Mind Map on Civilisation vs. Savagery (LOTF), created by noelle loh on 26/02/2015.
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Civilisation vs. Savagery (LOTF)
  1. Civilisation
    1. Living by rules and order.
      1. Without a structured and ordered society, all civility and goodness is lost. People regress and morals diminish.
    2. Savagery
      1. The fundamental evil in mankind. Exists within our apparently civilised society.
      2. Ralph Vs. Jack
        1. Jack
          1. Showed signs of savagery in Chapter 1. Still clinging on to a tiny bit of civilisation, which prevented him from stabbing the piglet.
            1. "They knew very well why he hadn’t [killed the piglet] : because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood."
          2. Ralph
            1. Clung on to civilisation for as long as he could (until army officer)
              1. "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart..."
          3. Other Characters
            1. Piggy
              1. Clung on to civilisation. Acted as a voice of rationality and reasoning.
                1. His death (along with the conch) represents the end of civilisation, and the boys were left on their own, with no more 'grown-ups' with them. (Piggy's role was similar to that of a grown-up, as he possessed greater intelligence that any of the others.)
              2. Simon
                1. The island's chief commentator on evil. He discovers that the beast purely existed within the boys themselves. "Man's essential illness"
                2. Roger
                  1. When throwing rocks at Henry's direction, Roger made sure that he avoided Henry completely.
                    1. "Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law."
                      1. He still held on to the taboo of old life at first. As the novel progresses, Roger drifts towards savagery (with 'delirious abandonment'), resulting in him pushing the rock that killed Piggy.
                  2. The Conch
                    1. The shattering of the conch represents the end of civilisation on the island.
                      1. The conch (rules, law, society) was the thing that suppressed evil on the island. "...the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist."
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