Lord of the Flies: Internal vs External Conflict
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By: Shivani Doshi
Internal: Ralph vs Ralph
Internal: Jack vs Pig
Internal: The Beast
Jack is deciding whether or not to call the boys for an assembly because of his lack of courage in himself as a leader.
External: Man vs Nature
Jack becomes fixated on killing a pig after failing to do so the first time. In his first encounter with the wild pig, Jack felt powerless, afraid of blood. He feels as though he must kill a pig to vindicate himself in the eyes of the other boys as the one true powerful leader and to prove to himself that he can get over his fear of blood.
External: Man vs Society
At first the beast something the younger boys made up. However, with the slow transition to chaos, the boys end up becoming what they feared. The beast represents internal evil and darkness that resides in each of the boys.
External: Man vs Man
Ralph and Jack Fight
The boys are placed in an environment completely foreign to them. They have to learn how to survive in the wild with no easy access to clean water, food, shelter, and clothing while facing against the elements of weather.
Ralph attempts to establish and maintain a democratic and civil society for which Jack has no respect. The boys are met with the decision of following Jack (chaos) or Ralph (order).
Jack and Ralph have a power struggle, both want to lead the boys. Each leader has his own ideas of how to survive on the island.
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