When people are born, they cannot be good or evil; however, without the lessons and rules taught by society, humans are inclined towards greed and savagery. William Goulding’s novel, “Lord of the Flies,” explores ideas regarding the inherent nature of human beings. Initially, Ralph and the other boys desperately try to maintain law and order, but since they were taken away from the world of adults and given freedom to do as they please, most of them succumb to uncivilized impulses. For example, many of the boys found their power to destroy and kill thrilling, despite this going against their morals. When Jack and his hunters kill a pig for their first time they exclaim “look!
They are in a fury of wild chanting and bloodlust, and imagine Simon as the beast, soon "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws."(153). Eventually Simon is murdered by the outraged crowd. After Simon’s death, Jack sends his hunters to grab Piggy’s glasses in order to light fire, and that breaks the tension between Ralph and Jack, finally resulting in Piggy’s death. At this point, Jack transforms into a blood-thirsty killer and targets Ralph. The twins reveals Jack’s plan to Ralph and say: “‘the chief and Roger－’ ‘－yes, Roger－’ ‘They hate you, Ralph.
He viewed Odysseus and his men as intruders. To show them how angry he is, Polyphemus does this “Then he dismembered them and maid his meal/ gasping and crunching like a mountain lion everything: innards, flesh and marrow bones” (9.195-198). The Cyclops savagely murdered Odysseus’s men. After he is done, Odysseus and his men make a plan to leave. There plan is to get the Cyclops drunk and stab his eye out, so he cannot see and they can escape.
Besides, he's ends up getting crushed to an unfavorable and terrible passing by a huge rock. I was captivated by the line that said, in Roger's eyes, Piggy just resembled a "pack of fat." This sounded natural, so backtracking a couple of chapter found that the pigs were alluded to as "sacks of fat" also. At that point I sat around and considered how Piggy's name is "PIGGY", and about how the young men went step by step from executing pigs to murdering Piggy. It appears the boys begin to consider Piggy to be simply one more creature, and he is in this way executed as however that is exactly what he may be.
When the storm comes, “A wave of restlessness set the boys swaying and moving aimlessly” and “the littluns began to run about, screaming.”(P187) Jack demands that savages do the ceremonial dance just as they do it before killing pigs to achieve a sense of security. Even “Piggy and Ralph […] found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society” (P187). However, Simon appears for his decision of sharing his discovery about the beast at this time, and this is absolutely inopportune. All of the boys, include Piggy and Ralph, brutally beat him to death. After this assembly, The boys are officially divided into two groups -- one is lead by Ralph and the other one is under Jack's control.
In the Lord of the Flies Simon is calling out to everyone saying that the beast is not real. They are completely ignoring him. He is crawling toward them and they start to attack him. Everyone kills Simon. Some people realize oh wait that was Simon we all killed him, even if they like it or not.
Throughout the chapters the value of the “beast” starts going up while the conch shell starts becoming history. Ralph also instills fear as did Jack by saying that if they don’t build the fire, then they may be stuck on the island forever. He is also trying to make the island sound desirable by saying that everyone can speak when holding the conch. Ralph tries to make the system fair for everyone so that each individual has a chance to speak. He is trying to do what’s best for all of the boys, sort of representing an adult figure he knows it is hard, but thinks if they try and do their best to survive the easier it would be for them to signal for help and leave the
The destruction of the conch occurred when the boys had fully lost their innocence and had turned “Savage.” The destruction of the conch took place after Jack decided to leave Ralph and start his own tribe on the other side of the island and coerced many of Ralph’s followers to join him, and this is when the demise of civilized thoughts and order really occurred. “... The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (Golding 181). The destruction of the conch ment the boys had returned to their primitive stages, in which civilization and order didn’t exist, only savagery existed. The conch was proof of the boys being civilized, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, the conch breaking was showing how they had lost all sense of civilization and have become completely savage.
After Jack stole Piggy's glasses Ralph goes up to Jack's fortress and screams at him. "You're a beast and a swine, and a bloody, bloody thief. "(Goldings ) This represents that, Ralph can see that Jack is turning into a beast. The pig's head talked to Simon earlier about how the Beast brings out the evil that is dormant
The symbolism of the mask has made a full change from empowerment to savage as the boys are now killing everything in sight. They are doing many cruel acts and not even thinking about the consequences of their actions. Golding writes “Then Maurice pretended to be the pig and ran squealing into the center and the hunter circling still pretended to beat him and they danced and they sang. “Kill the pig. Cut her throat.
Spill his blood!’” (168) Jack’s tribe, overcome by their inner savagery, without thinking kill Simon thinking he’s the beast, this shows that the boys on the island have lost the part of civilization inside them. Piggy 's murder was also unjustified but also done with intent, “Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea. His head open and stuff came out and turned red, piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig who had just been killed.”(201) This death is different than the other one, in that they were fully aware of what they were doing and killed piggy anyway with no remorse. Inhabiting the island for the amount of time the boys have been there has caused the boys to revert to savages who resort to
He honestly wanted to befriend Rainsford, but once things go opposite of how he wanted, he decides to try to kill him. Zaroff believes that he is the top of the food chain, above humans that he considered “scum of the Earth”. Zaroff is not well mannered or respectful when it comes to fellow humans. Zaroff even captures humans and keeps them
In addition to Jack, Roger also represents the true evil in mankind. Roger arrives to the remote island as a shy kid who barely has the courage to talk. The longer Roger stays on the island the more violent and careless he become, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180). At this point Roger is acting off of his primitive instinct, and becoming the biggest savage on the island. Speaking about his savagery, Roger kills Piggy with a huge boulder which not only kills Piggy, but destroys the conch into smithereens.
Similar to Lord of the Flies, this story was also set on an island which helped induce the savagery within Rainsford. General Zaroff lived on a remote island that was feared by Rainsford’s friend before she abandoned Rainsford and said “The place has a bad reputation – a bad one” which implies people avoid the area. This meant that general Zaroff was free to do whatever he pleased and this allowed his vicious fantasies to become reality. Zaroff’s sadistic game transformed Rainsford into a savage beast, as exemplified in the text “Rainsford did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay.’” Rainsford started as a sane human being who changed after coming to the island due to Zaroff’s influence.
In Lord of the Flies there is a war between civilization and chaos. The side of chaos is Jack’s side and the civil side is Ralph’s side. Jack’s side has no hope for civilization, there is just chaos because all they want to do is eat, sleep, kill and repeat. In the end chaos takes over the island, but there is hope for civilization. Chaos wins in the story because when Roger kills Piggy, it symbolizes the corruption of all the boys.