This expression of savagery depicts how fear will control the mind and express itself in an unimaginable manner. In chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, William Golding employs repetition, symbolism, and natural imagery to convey the theme of fear controlling the human mind and inculcates one to act abnormally.
The most obvious reason to why the boys seem savage are the murders. The boys begin on the island well-behaved and innocent. As the novel progresses the littluns and biguns become bloodthirsty hunters which lead them onto murdering each other. This shows their loss of innocence and their own humanity. The start of the murders occurs when Simon, the Christ-Figure, is brutally attacked and eaten by the other boys.
Ever so big. He saw it”(Golding,35) Innocence was the first one to see the beast, not an actual animal, but the beast that exists inside every human, and every boy on the island. The boy could not comprehend what he is seeing, so there, the idea of a beast on the island was born. Innocence means freedom from sin or moral wrong. In Lord of the Flies terrible things happened, starting with the fire that killed many littluns.
Each theme had its own part in the book and the end chapter. Fear in the beginning of the book was portrayed as the boys first landing and not knowing where they are. In the end chapter the theme of fear came from Ralph and being hunted down like an animal. Although he was so inhuman that he almost was and animal. Another theme would be power.
Fear Drives Sanity to Savagery Imagine that someone is just a child who has survived a plane crash and landed on an isolated island with no adults. He has no experience in taking care of himself and must figure out how to establish order without turning against aother. This is the dilemma that the children in The Lord of the Flies by: William Golding have found themselves in, so one can picture the fear that comes with this more than unfavorable situation. In the novel, the theme of fear is shown most distinctly through the symbols of the Lord of the Flies, the beast, and the conch.
The beast started as a something mysterious and scary that gave nightmares to littluns but became something that brought the evil that was hidden in the boys’ hearts. The beast symbolizes littluns’ feelings of insecurity arising from the fear of the unknown, absence of grownups and bullying behaviors of some of the bigguns. Beast was first mentioned when Piggy voiced the concern of a boy with a mulberry birthmark. “He wants to know what you’re going to do about the snake thing.”
A littlun spots Simon and thinking it is the beast cries out scaring the other boys who kill Simon. In this chapter, we see how far the boys will go when full of fear, discomfort, and unknowing. Golding use of animal imagery, juxtaposition, and symbolism in Lord of the Flies helps convey the theme that
Spill his blood!” (Golding 138). But for poor Simon who runs into the savage celebration, screaming. The boys see him as the beast which leads to a truly gruesome and animal like attack “There was no words and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws” (Golding 139). Golding uses this depiction of the savage attack on Simon, to imprint into the reader the sense of loss of reasoning, morals, and intelligence within the boys on the island.
Since the island is full of children, their minds begin to play games on them. They make the dead paratrooper into a mythical being that is set on killing them. However, the beast is actually just inside of each of them. The fear that manifests in each of the children causes the craziness that ensues, and it is in many ways, the beast. This is a major symbol as over and over the children say how the beast is a threat to them that they need to kill.
Hidden deep inside every one of us there is something very dark. Only in extreme situations will this darkness come out and take over us, especially if we do not understand it. Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of schoolboys who are stranded on an uninhabited island. As they struggle for survival, their fears slowly turn them into savages. Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, uses the pig’s head on a stick (Lord of the Flies) to symbolize the violent human nature that can be found buried in everyone, and how it can only be controlled if someone truly understands it.
The civilization that Golding creates succumbs to the merciless reign of a manifested beast, the superstition on the island through the symbol of fear and cripples the civilization. Although we, as the reader, know that the beast does not exist, the boys of the island still
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.’”
In the early chapters of the the Lord of the flies, the island they are on resembles the Garden of Eden from Genesis in the bible, with its scenery, food, and great weather. The boys are symbols linked to Adam and Eve even before they crash. Ralph's first act after the plane crash was to remove his clothes and bathe in the water, the nudity in bible show the innocence of Adam and Eve. Golding starts his second this biblical allusion when he begins to introduce island life as full of fear, when that of the first reports of a creature the boys refer to a "snake-thing. "