George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding the children can be seen to have this savage beast hidden within them. Human savagery is influenced by power, sport, and even possession of tools. Ralph and Jack, leaders of the group, allow for the beast to awaken in them as they struggle to survive on the island. Jack is the first character who is corrupted by his human savagery.
Humans are born to be afraid. A feeling of fear is only natural for humans to feel; it is a part of who we are. However, it can be more than just a feeling. Fear can be a weakness in humans even though it is only our natural instinct for survival. Sometimes, fear is so powerful that it can blur our rationality and dominate how we think and what we do.
He makes the beast like a type of god in order to spark the groups’ bloodlust and form a cult like perspective regarding the hunt. The boys’ faith in the beast creates a religious undertone in Lord of the Flies, since the boys’ numerous nightmares on the beast ultimately undertakes the formation of a solitary creature that they all fear and believe. Jack’s group harness this faith of the nightmare, by leaving the pig’s head on a stick as a gift and an offering to the beast. The skull symbolizes a type of religious object with phenomenal intellectual power, urging the boys to forsake their need for civilization and structure and fall into their savage and ferocious impulses. Jack gives a clearer perception of the beast when he states that "the beast is a hunter"(126), unintentionally connecting the issue with himself.
When morals no longer apply, the savage heart appears. When the boys are in their enraged frenzy they chant ‘Kill the beast, slice his throat, spill his blood’. When they hear a rustling in the woods they quickly attack the being by tearing it apart with their bear hands and biting at it with their mouths. They did not realize that this was actually Simon and during the comotion Simon accidentally trips and falls over a cliff to his death. This leads to anarchy and can relate to our society as war, greed and fear.
Primarily, Ralph is the one who keeps the boys from becoming savages by being civilized, but he doesn’t hunt and mistreats the people who voted for him. Intellectually, Piggy is the best in the island as he uses scientific inquiry such as constructing a sundial to keep track of time, but his weight problems and eyesight problems make him have a great disadvantage from Ralph and Jack, who are strong and tall. Simon could be one of the best leaders since he cares about everyone and is fair, but his inability to communicate clearly makes him a bad leader. Furthermore, Jack’s ruling style is like a dictator such as Idi Amin and Pol Pot. Lastly, Jack is the perfect leader as he provides protection, food, and asserts his rule representing whom the boss is.
There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys are plane wrecked on an uninhabited island and try to adapt to the changes in their lives by attempting to build a civilization. But as time goes on, that steadily crumbles and they slowly descend into savagery. Simon discovers the true identity of the beast; Ralph and the remaining bigguns join Jack 's tribe for a feast and a party. Simon is brutally murdered by the boys, having been confused for the beast.
Beast, devil, evil, corruption, the seven deadly sins, they all represent some form of evil within humankind. Lord of the Flies is the story of schoolboys that have crash landed on an unoccupied island, and go through many hardships as they fight for power and try to be saved. Throughout the story, however, they boys go from having a civilized structure to utter chaos, they struggle for their lives and grasp for survival from a darker creature on the island. Within chapter nine, Simon discovers the beast for what it really is; meanwhile Ralph and Piggy decide to join the other bigguns for a feast with Jack’s tribe. The boys play and dine, and circle together for a “dance” when Simon stumbles out of the forest to tell them of his discovery, and lands in the circle, which results in him being brutally beat to death.
Ironically, the children in their deranged mental state believed Simon to be the “beast,” even though they were the ones who “stuck” and “tore” him to pieces. “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, lept on the beast [Simon], screamed, struck, bit, tore,” (Doc. F). Their savagery is also demonstrated by their near-vile chant, “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!’”
He has worked his tribe up chanting and dancing during the storm and when Simon appears they attack and kill him. This act of savagery shows just how Jack’s power has evolved. Along with the death of Simon, Jack plans to hunt and kill Ralph. “They’re going to hunt you tomorrow.” ( ) Sam and Eric relay this message to him while in fear of their own safety.
Verb usage also helps the reader understand how emotions affect their actions, especially within this chapter. While the boys are killing Simon, their behavior is shown as “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.” (153). During the confrontation of “beast” and the boys, all of the emotional build up is at its peak, and flows out of them as they strike the monster with all their strength. Without the strong verb choice in this chapter, the message of evil and furious behavior would have not shown that they are becoming savage as a form of protection.