William Golding proves that without rules to live by, people will eventually become savage. Savagery is more present when people 's innocence slowly fade away. When Jack brings the boys hunting, the boys do not know what to do since they have never been exposed to that behavior before. Jack makes it seem okay to disrespect what they kill to the point where the boys look insane. The boys not only kill the pig for its feed but to mutilate it and decide,”This head is for the beast.
In this case, Golding uses people, animals, and death to help support that even in today's society, without any ruling, mankind's nature will fog the sane mind onto an evil path. Two of the main characters, Ralph and Jack, are literally and symbolically at war. Ralph shows early signs of leadership when they first arrive on the abandoned island. This shows that Ralph is already setting rules and building up a civilization for the boys to live safely. On the contrary, Jack symbolizes the savagery that fights civilization.
As their journey prolonged, some of the boys grew frustrated and some of them even crazy. They became intolerant of each other. Jack turned into a savage and separated from the group because he wanted to be chief; he had a group of his own. Jack knew his group couldn’t survive without Piggy’s glasses, so the only thing he knew how to do was become violent. “I know.
These words from a wise young boy, Piggy, are very concerning relating to the amount of civility Jack has left in him. As the civilized boys fear Jack every second of the day, Piggy and Ralph have a discussion and want to “ keep on the right side of him, anyhow. You can’t tell what he might do” (Golding 175). At this point, one of their fellow members, Simon, has already been put to death by Jack’s tribe and now the boys have to fear for their lives because of the unknown status of Jack at any time. Golding uses this type of language to represent fear in their voices because it is one of a leader 's most powerful tools for controlling a society.
The quote “‘Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!’ said the head.” (Golding 164) expresses that the Lord of the Flies is divulging to Simon that the evil is not something that can be hunted or killed but is within the boys. Simon also learns that the beast of evilness was in the boys all along. The theme Inherent Evil of Man is displayed through Simon learning that evil is within the boys and that this was the beast. This shows how the evil action appears as a beast and the understanding of evilness by
Piggy is the ‘brains’ of the island which turns into people not listening to him and focusing on what Ralph says. Throughout the story, the boys try to figure out ways to be rescued off of this dark and evil island. The boys are also constantly fighting a ‘beast,’ but the only beast on the island is fear itself. Jack also starts to slowly draw more and more boys from Ralphs influence into his tribe of hunting and adventurous activities indicating the forces of evil and darkness. Throughout Lord of the Flies, different symbols convey the fact that human nature is purely evil; therefore the boys should adopt a socialistic parliament to try and eradicate the force of evil.
The protagonists in each of these short stories flaws develop and become more obvious throughout each story. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, the character is mentally flawed, or insane because of his dream to kill. In “The Most Dangerous Game”, the character is inhumane due to the fact that he hunts humans. Finally, in “Poison”, the character is a hallucinant because he imagines things, deadly things, and he reacts like they are true. Each character’s flaw ties back to vile actions and selfish or unreal thoughts and
The Monster describes one of the people he sees as having “symmetry” which is a concept discussed in William Blake’s, The Tyger, where it is asked, “What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” (Blake 3-4). Blake is questioning who creates the symmetry of creatures, essentially questioning God. Shelley’s inclusion of symmetry when describing a man the Monster later refers to as his “protector” illustrates what the Monster learns; society favors symmetry, and the Monster lacks symmetry compared to those around him. The Monster stays hidden away from the people he observes from his hovel, but once he realizes they are poor and struggling, he jumps to help them under the veil of night. The Monster would take tools from the cottagers and collect wood for them, as the young man would spend countless hours doing so himself.
Many see Victor as the victim, while the monster is a force of relentless evil. However, we now know the misdeeds that Victor has done to the monster. His lack of mentorship of the monster is truly what defines the monster's evil. Not only is Victor cruel to the monster, but we have also discussed how frequently he neglected his family. He was so consumed by his obsession with creating, fearing, and subduing the monster, that he often overlooked what was really important to
This experience, combined with the treatment of other humans toward him, traumatized the creature. The De Lacey’s actions prove that “a refusal of sympathy toward a friendly monster provokes a hostility” (Randel 203). After this moment, he frequently asks his creator why he had let him live. This mentality leads him to declare “everlasting war against the species, and more than all, against him who had formed [the creature] and sent [him] forth to this insupportable misery” (Shelley 94). The abandonment by his creator is really starting to wreak havoc in the creature’s mind.