Lord of the Flies

What role do human and civil rights play in Lord of the Flies?


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One of Golding's major themes is that humanity is inherently self-destructive and damages. Despite a responsible leader (Ralph) and a Christ/savior figure (Simon) the boys still cannot manage to save themselves. There are some boys that attempt to make a civil society but most of the boys are too drawn to chaos and destructive "fun" for anything positive to happen.