There are three main characters of the book: Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Jack is where the immorality on the island originates from, and it spreads to the other boys. Jack is very reckless and careless in his decisions. Ralph was the leader of the island, until Jack took control of the tribe and turned all of them into savages. Ralph was an image for the boys to follow but spoke Piggy’s words.
Jack: "‘First, you know now, we've seen the beast" (Golding 125). Jack further confirms the boys' fears that there is a "beast" out there. He also makes it hard for the boys not to believe that Jack has seen the beast since he uses the word "we've" meaning there are other accounts of people seeing the beast on the mountain. And, even though the reader knows that there is not a beast out there, the boys do not know that, and it strengthens the fear they have on this island. Later Jack manipulates the fearful environment to create his own "tribe," structured around totalitarianism.
The characters are stripped from civilization, forced to act for themselves, and place their needs above all. People are shaped by society, but when deprived of this structure they are forced to adapt, and as Golding argues, peoples learned behavior is quickly overcome when placed in a difficult environment In the book many of the characters started to detach from civilization, and descend into savagery. One specific character, Jack, was affected the most. At the beginning of the book he was presented as intelligent and a strong leader, and was respected by his choir members.
Whenever Piggy held the conch to speak, he said something along the lines of, “I got the conch,” said Piggy indignantly. “You let me speak!” “The conch doesn’t count on top of the mountain,” said Jack, “so you shut up” (58). In this situation, Jack was not only breaking the rules of the conch, he was also making up his own rules around it. Jack made it clear that he had no respect for the rules, the conch, or the people of the island at this point in the
Starting as a figment of the boys imagination and fear of the dark, the beast drew each boy to care about their own survival rather than the state of the society . Being Ralph’s rival as leader, Jack, says the beast is not real and brings a group to hunt it(Golding 75). On their mission, they discover the deceased pilot from the plane hanging from a tree but mistakenly believe it is the beast, thus greatening the boys fear. The more fearful they are, the more savage and the more primitive they become. As the conches color fades, so does everyone's humanity(Golding 78).
Survival is the act of doing what you need to do to stay alive, however sometimes people go too far. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding the boy’s actions result in their loss of identity and could be argued that it was only because of their survival instincts. However some of the boys’ actions cannot be blamed on the harsh conditions and human survival instincts. Some of these include Rodger and his brutality to children and animals, Jack and obsession with becoming a leader, and the gruesome murder of Piggy. All of these events were unnecessary to the survival of the boys’ and actually resulted in unwanted deaths and situations.
Jack is always wanting to go hunting and have a more savage “tribe”, while Ralph wishes to keep the group civilized and neat. Because they both have contrary beliefs, they butt heads and disagree very often. Readers can see this play out when a few boys (Including Ralph and Jack, who’re the main two arguing) who went off to decide if they need to let Piggy know what’s going on. “Jack cleared his throat and spoke in a queer, tight voice. ‘We mustn’t let anything happen to Piggy, must we?’”
As the boys on the island go from well-behaved, children waiting for someone to rescue them to, bloodthirsty hunters who have no desire to return to civilization, they lose the sense of innocence that they had at the beginning of the book. The boys who took Jack’s side and became savages, become evil towards the end of the book. The Lord of the Flies opens your eyes to see the capabilities of evil in all things. All of the boys on the island are tempted by evil, but Ralph, Piggy, Simon and SamnEric don't give in.
“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is a story about a man, Sanger Rainsford, whose ideals and overall character change throughout the story, specifically about hunting, due to his encounter with General Zaroff. At the beginning of the story Rainsford is a stuck up man. He could not care less about any other living things other than humans. He believes all living wildlife are expendable and only there for his pleasure of hunting. During the story Rainsford has to make many quick and overall difficult decisions during his encounters with the ocean, General Zaroff, and the island wilderness to survive, that change how he thinks about animals.
In the novel "Lord of the Flies", the boys attempted to create a working society with hunters, a chief, where everyone could be safe, and more importantly feel safe. This society though didn 't work out; there were too many outlying problems, like Jack wanting desperately to best Ralph, or Roger being a secret sociopath, or the fact that throughout the entire book they were terrified of some beast, which was really just them all along. In "Lord of the Flies" the boys are so blinded by terror and excitement that they don 't take any time to clear their heads, think, and realize that what they have been doing is completely wrong. In the book one character, Simon, realized that the beast that they had been scared of the whole time had really been them, and when he tries to tell the others what he has discovered, they beat him to death with spears before anyone can hear or understand what he was trying so hard to tell them.
The theme is shown immensely through out the three chapters we have read so far. To begin with, only Ralph and Piggy who are full of fear are on the island. However they do not get along in the beginning, but they manage to work together to find the other boys. This is one of the first signs of the defects in humanity, two people do not get along so that creates a form of a chaotic setting. Ralph and Piggy find the rest of the children but a group of boys with a leader named Jack come in like
Huck describes the abusive and cruel relationship he has with Pap when he says, “He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around”(Twain 9). The fact that Huck had to run “to the woods most of the time when he was around,” shows the kind of unsafe environment a young boy should not be raised in. Once Huck realizes that his own father may be a threat to his life, he deviously fakes his own death and begins his new adventures, setting sail on a raft with the company of a runaway slave named
Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, was about a group kids, from Britain, who had gotten on a plane, and the plane was shot down. Before it had crashed though, the group of children jumped off and survived. It was good they survived but now they are trapped on an island. Together they must work as a team to survive until they can be rescued.
After pondering how best to rule as a leader, legendary philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli considered that “People will be less likely to conspire against someone they fear than someone they love.” As a result he determined that it is “much safer to be feared than loved”. Throughout the course of time history has proven this to be true time and time again. From the ancient egyptians to dictators like Joseph Stalin, ruthless dictators have proven that fear is an excellent way to maintain control of a large group of people. This principle is shown in William Golding's Lord of the flies, when a large group of british boys is stranded on an island.