The novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding features a recurring theme of savagery against civilization. But what exposes this theme are mainly the principle characters such as Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, which have an influence on the rest of the group in the story. And what is perceptible as the plot thickens, is that many peculiar aspects give us signs that savagery is manifesting into each one of the boys’ lives. These aspects are the increase in Ralph’s frustration and anguish with the group, Jack’s representation of savagery and the symbols which gain power to convey its manifestation. Firstly, in chapters four and five, Ralph experiences an increased frustration when the boys, who he is trying to lead in a civilized manner,
Jack is the polar opposite of how Ralph lead. Jack is a tyrannical dictator who assumes control not by vote but by taking control. Jack gives them a taste of what it is like to cats aside your humanity and to become a savage. He is what lies beneath civility and the supposed goodness in people. Jack can take control because every boy on the island including Ralph and Piggy have evil inside themselves.
Consequently, the demand for power thrived on their souls and drove them to their breaking points. Lord of the Flies is about the role of power and control in the world and how it can enhance society or bring civilization as we know it, crumbling down. Throughout the novel, the leaders in the book, use certain symbols and objects to give them authority over the other boys and have law and order on the island. Nevertheless, the pig’s head and the conch both wield a certain power over the boys while giving control to the leaders of the group, but in the end, their obsession over control is what makes them lose control. How does the power of the conch differ from the power of the Lord of the Flies?
In the words of David Gemmell, “there is evil is all of us, and it is the mark of a man how he defies the evil within.” The beast in the novel starts as a symbol of fear and something that was ignored but ends up creating chaos and representing evil. In William Golding 's, Lord of the Flies, the boys making fun of the little boy for being scared of the beastie and the boys doubting Sam and Eric, Simons hallucination, and Simon 's death are evidence that show the evil and ignorance in the boys. There are many signs of ignorance towards the beast in the novel. One example of ignorance towards the beast is when the boys made fun of the little boy for being scared of the beast. When the little boy brought up the beast the first time, the older boys, “laughed and cheered,” (Golding.
However, chapter nine is so much more than just the plot of a story. In chapter nine of Lord of the Flies, William Golding employs animal imagery, natural imagery, and diction to convey the theme that fear has the power to bring out the evil that people never knew they had within. Animal imagery is simply how Golding uses animal like characteristics to describe the humans and relate them to each other. While the boys are brutally murdering Simon, Golding describes the way they kill Simon as if they were actual animals. In this chapter, Golding refers to Simon specifically as an “it” or a “thing” and even “the beast”.
It is used to present the theme of the novel and it is a tangible source of evil from Jack’s tribe. Golding's description of the slaughtered animal's head on a spear is very graphic and even frightening. The pig's head is depicted as "dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth," and the "obscene thing" is covered with a "black blob of flies" that "tickled under his nostrils" (137, 138). As a result of this detailed, striking image, the reader becomes aware of the great evil and darkness represented by the Lord of the Flies, and when Simon begins to converse with the seemingly inanimate, devil-like object, the source of that wickedness is revealed. Even though the conversation may be entirely a hallucination, Simon learns that the beast, which has long since frightened the other boys on the island, is not an external force.
A sudden phase of rage take over him; a crime of pure passion. The Tell-Tale Heart and the Black Cat both have almost the same themes: violence, death, and insanity. Both of them are narrated by unreliable speakers adding to the element of tension and suspense. So are both the stories the reality or just a fragment of their imagination? If it is the truth, then there is no doubt that these deeds- and the men who committed it- will persist to haunt the readers for years to come; as Poe once said, "Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their
The boys were scared of what they didn 't know as do most of us, they feared it and as a result, the beast was created. Also, the fear of evil in others created the illusion of the beast in the sense that as the boys got more savage, the prominence of the beast got bigger. For example, the chant” Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood” showed how savage all the boys were getting more evil.
Therefore, they become like savage dogs and only think about killing. A beast rises with them and forces get worse. The boys become naturally evil and savages as their journey continues. That is why human naturally lie and the truth is not first. And that is obvious when he wrote the book.
The horror!". Marlow's journey becomes a descent into hell, but also a critique of Western imperialism and a investigation about sanity and madness and horror as a fundamental part of being human. "The horror, the horror!" only with this phrase Conrad clearly reflects a fundamental part of who we are as evil, perversity, horror, all of these are human constructions, so they are part of our human condition. It is this vision of evil, of our dark side, what explains that Kurtz is insane for some and for others, he is admirable, which explains that for some plundering is fundamental part of a civilizing work and for others is immoral and unjustifiable.