The boys reenact killing the pig, pretending to hurt Robert, and even for Ralph, “The desire to squeeze and hurt was overmastering” (Golding 115). Also, going to Jack’s feast causes a crime that Ralph commits. Ralph and Piggy join the other boys and partake in the feast, the dance, the killing. Ralph knows that he killed Simon and he knows that his innocence is gone. He regrets the things he does and “cradles the conch to and fro”, wishing for order again (Golding
"I painted my face—I stole up. Now you eat—all of you—" (Lord of the Flies 4.191) Jack did kill the pig and get the meat. This implies that he is a good leader, but forcing the other boys to eat it should not give him power. It makes him more like a dictator. The other boys are under his influence and go wild after this.
In the Lord of the Flies, the boys face major problems on the island. They try to act civilized and have order, but with Jack and his group of hunters rebelling, this order slowly goes down the drain. To makes things worse, Jack begins to act cruel and evil to the boys and even the animals. This lead to facepainting which symbolizes savagery, the “Beastie” which eventually means the boy’s fear and cruelty, and the pigs head on the stick, which was the turning point of complete evil, and a sacrifice to the beastie, which means a whole lot more that it seems. The first symbol that was shown in the Lord of the Files is the face painting of the boys and the hunters.
His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book. “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” This quotation, also from Chapter 4, explores Jack’s mental state in the aftermath of killing his first pig, another milestone in the boys’ decline into savage behavior.
Soon after the destruction of the conch, Jack “viciously, with full intention, he hurled his spear at Ralph” (Golding 261). This proves that the destruction of the last hope for their society revealed Jack’s savagery along with the other boys. “With full intention” reveals that Jack is aware of his actions and brutality, but he continues to attack Ralph anyways. If a society was still present, he would have been more compelled to think before he acts because there would be apparent consequences for breaking the
That blood made them want more. That’s all they were satisfied to see when they killed the pig, they started to act like savages. Towards the end of the novel, the boys started wanting to hurt each other like savages, they keep forgetting that it’s just a game. It was that game they play when they all get in a circle and someone has to act the pig, “Roger became the pig, grunting and charging at Jack, who sidestepped. The hunters took their spears, the cooks too spits, and the rest clubs of firewood.
The author, William Golding, said, “Man produces evil as a bee produces honey” (The Hot Gates, 1966). In the book, an indication was the colors used for Jack’s mask. The colors white, red and black are usually attributed to violence, evil, and terror. Indeed, it was evident as shown by the effect the mask had on Jack, who became a “bloodthirsty snarling” (p.70). Jack, with the other hunters, was able to kill the pig through the mask which “compelled them” (p.70).
This is evident when Simon states his opinions on the Beast, and Piggy believes his ideas are crazy. Ultimately, the boys give into their own evil and the largest example of this, is in the slaughtering of the pigs: hunting. Most the group find amusement and excitement in these hunts. Eventually the boys hurt each other, due to their hunting mindsets, and this is proven when the Lord of the Flies says to Simon “We are going to have fun on this island. Understand?
Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after it has been killed.” As the conch explodes, and one of the main defenders of democracy dies, so does society. The boys have lost all sense of civilization and society and have turned completely “savage” in their minds. Now being controlled with fear by Jack, they have no choice but to follow his orders. Jack yells at the boys “I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry.
The signal fire became a test to the boys' connection with civilization. The “Beast” give the children frightens all the boys, this gives the readers a symbol for the instinct of savagery. As their savagery grows, their belief in the beast grows stronger “Beast” grows, "There was confusion in the darkness and the creature lifted its head, holding toward them the ruin of face. "1 As the boys begin making it sacrifices and treating it as their leader, the boys' behavior is what brings the beast into reality, so the more savage the boys become, the more real the beast seems to be. After Simon discovers, the severed pig’s head, Lord of the Flies, Simon believes that it is talking to him and telling him about how evil lies within every human heart.