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. As the boys revert back to a neanderthal way of life, with no order or civilization to contain them. The storm washes away the remains of Simon, the following day Ralph realized what he was apart of. Ralph sets out to try to convince Jack’s tribe to join him once more, they are pushed away along with the groups last chance of civilization back on the
This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with. At the end of the novel the boys end up trying to kill ralph due to his different ideas to get off the island. As Ralph fights back Golding writes, “in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped hair, Ralph wept for the end of innocence.” (202) Saying this the author shows ralphs softer side and
Jack then blows the conch and tells the boys that Ralph is a weakling and wants to a the leader, but the Ralph still remains as the leader. Jack is fed up and tells the boys whoever wants to leave Ralph's group with him can. Ralph now doesn't know what to do, but Piggy quickly reassures him by telling him that they should make a signal fire closer to shore. On the mountain, Jack makes himself chief among the boys that moved with him. Roger kills a sow and they put the sow’s head on a spear.
After eating so much, the boys decide to have a “dance”, in which they find a creature crawling out of the forest, which happens to be Simon trying to tell them about the beast, and kill him out of pure savagery which has blinded them. “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood’” (Golding, 152) The boys, kill a friend they know and chant as though Simon was the beast, which they want to kill, but really the beast is the savagery inside of them. To regress into brutish beasts enough to kill one’s own friend is pure savagery.
Then, he and his comrades leave the meeting. Subsequently, Ralph shows his weakness by saying he wants to give up from being a chief, because maybe jack is the best and also he has no control of the boys. Afterward, Simon and Piggy tells him to stay chief because Jack with his obsess to hunt would be a terrible chief, knowing that he does not like Piggy, he would hurt him. At the same day at night, a parachutist falls into the forest. Sameneric who are in charge of the fire, see the parachutist and run to the other boys.
When Ralph and his people were being attacked, "Two figures rushed at the fire and he prepared to defend himself but they grabbed half-burnt branches and raced away along the beach" (Golding, 140). Jack's tribe cannot make fire without the help of Piggy's glasses, so they run to Ralph's camp and steal some of their fire. They are eating not because they are hungry, but because they killed a pig. The boys are completely oblivious to the fact that fire is their only hope of rescue and their using it for fun and hunting. A little bit after Jack and his people invade Ralph's camp out he exclaimed, "We hunt and feast and have fun" (Golding, 140).
It also showed how Jack’s leadership lead them nowhere and was no help in actually starting the fire. Jack starts to develop this obsession with hunting and murdering a pig in chapter 3, “ At the length he let out his breath in long sigh and opened his eyes. They were bright blue, eyes that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad” (48). However, his obsession with hunting is shown as early as chapter 2, “ But if there was a snake we’d hunt and kill it. We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody” (36).
Lord of the Flies; The Escape “Let him be chief with the trumpet thing” (22-23, Golding). In Lord of the Flies, a group of boys crash land on island far away from civilization, and create their own civilization in order to survive until rescued. Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon and all the boys who survived the crash gather together to find a way to work together. During the novel there is an ongoing battle between Jack who wants to turn savage, while Ralph wants to keep the orderly way of a civilization. As Jack and Ralph gather followers they all experience battling their own inner demon, later known as the beast.
At that point, the column of boys stride up the hill carrying a dead pig. Jack is with them and evidently pleased with himself. When they get to Ralph, Jack begins to jump up and down with excitement while Ralph remain silent and calculating (Golding 73). The juxtaposition of their moods is quite ironic in nature. Most of them are happy for killing the pig when, in fact, the killing of the pig resulted in the loss of the signal fire and a wasted opportunity to be rescued.
Ralph realizes the power of Piggy’s glasses when Jack burns down the jungle to get Ralph out in the open. This form of the beast promotes the primitivity among the children. None of the children realize the damage they cause to the others as they tear down the tents and beat up the remaining children in Ralphs
However, the boys at the feast are still fearful of the fictitious beast and mistake Simon as it. Chanting “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”, the boys are psyched and begin to leap and strike, bite, and tear at the “beast”. Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective.
Spill her blood’” (P.69). As soon as the boys are exposed to a taste of savagery, they consume the idea and their thoughts become murderous. The boys develop a sense of bloodthirst, which contrasts the more sophisticated mindset needed to keep their group from collapsing. Throughout the journey on the island, the children face two societal opposites: through the conch and hunting, their civilization and lack of one are
Spill his blood!’” (168) Jack’s tribe, overcome by their inner savagery, without thinking kill Simon thinking he’s the beast, this shows that the boys on the island have lost the part of civilization inside them. Piggy 's murder was also unjustified but also done with intent, “Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea. His head open and stuff came out and turned red, piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig who had just been killed.”(201) This death is different than the other one, in that they were fully aware of what they were doing and killed piggy anyway with no remorse. Inhabiting the island for the amount of time the boys have been there has caused the boys to revert to savages who resort to
The significance of the closing scene is depicted through the solidification of the immature mindsets that the boys still obtain. Amidst the cacophony of ululation cries and rustling branches, Ralph is being hunted by Jack’s clan of boys that face moral degradation as their savage games progressively grow malicious after the death of both Piggy and Simon. In pursuit of Ralph, Jack and his hunters set the forest a flame in order to narrow Ralph’ ability to escape. The fire in turn attracts the attention of a naval ship, inciting the crew to land on the island as Ralph is running away from Jack. Once all the boys reach the beach, they encounter the adults that now take precedence as the authoritative figures on the island.