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Dystopia in Lord Of the Flies

Dystopia in Lord of the Flies
No Independent Thought or Speech
Initially, the conch was used to keep order, maintain outbursts at meetings, and allow every person a
chance to speak. As Jack becomes more powerful, he uses it to silence others and amplify his
thoughts and ideas.
Shadow Government
In the story, Ralph was initially elected to be the leader. However, from the beginning it was Jack
who truly had control through his dictatorial use of fear. He allowed Ralph to assume some power
because the younger boys listened to him. However, by the end, Jack corrupted all the boys.
Lack of Free Will
Jack is ruthless with anyone who disagrees with him. He punishes disobedience harshly, and even
tortures two young boys until they submit to his authority. This brutality is what allows Roger to kill
As Jack claimed more control, he would celebrate the coerced boys who joined the warrior camp by
painting their faces like savages, just like his!
Perfect Society
In the beginning of the novel, Piggy and Ralph swim in a crystal blue lagoon, which appears to be an
archetypal garden of Eden. There are no adults, no rules, a seemingly perfect place for young boys.
As the story progresses, the beauty of the island is overshadowed by evil and chaos that overcomes
the boys and order is lost permanently.
Citizens Ruled with Fear and Lies
Jack rules with fear. The idea that the boys believe that they are being stalked by an island monster
helps him maintain this control. Their fear causes more chaos as Jack vows to kill the beast, a tactic
that he uses gain more power by providing protection.