Lastly “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in.” (Golding, 1954, p. 75). All three of these quotes really show the large change the boys have made on the island, they started out as one big group with many rules, they make a huge transformation between killing pigs and eventually killing people. Since these boys have been out of civilization for so long they don’t understand the severity of murder and they do not even realize that they did murder
Amidst a boiling over war, a plane emptying a gathering of schoolboys from Britain is shot down more than a forsook tropical island. Two of the young men, Ralph and Piggy, find a conch shell on the shoreline, and Piggy acknowledges it could be utilized as a horn to summon alternate young men. Once amassed, the young men begin choosing a pioneer and formulating an approach to be saved. They pick Ralph as their pioneer, and Ralph chooses another kid, Jack, to be accountable for the young men who will chase sustenance for the whole gathering Ralph, Jack, and another kid, Simon, set off on an undertaking to investigate the island. When they return, Ralph pronounces that they must light a sign flame to draw in the consideration of passing ships.
"Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I 'd like to catch a pig first" He snatched up his spear and dashed it into the ground. The opaque, mad look came into his eyes again.” (Golding 53) The phrase “I’d like to catch a pig first” from the previous quote shows that Jack wants to catch a pig to possibly do things with it. Also, the word “catch” from the previous quote confirms that Jack wants to capture the pig.
His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book. “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” This quotation, also from Chapter 4, explores Jack’s mental state in the aftermath of killing his first pig, another milestone in the boys’ decline into savage behavior.
The “beast” is a legacy that is abundant in changing throughout Lord of the Flies. To begin with, in the beginning, the “beast” resembled fear. According to (document a) the author wrote, “Now there are no comforting mothers to dispel the terrors of the unknown. They externalize these fears into the figure of a “beast.” Also, in (document b), it states, “He was dreaming…. He must have had a nightmare.
The boys were running as fast as they could to keep up with the pig they hit with the spear. They all haven’t had meat in days and they were craving it, they were losing their innocence and becoming savages. This is one thing in the book, Lord of the Flies, that shows a loss of innocence. This is a common theme throughout this book, a loss of innocence. Some examples of this are the killing of Piggy, the hunts, the actions of the tribe, and just Jack in general.
He goes to share his hunting story to Ralph and a boy named Piggy. On page 69, the narrator shares, “I cut the pig’s throat,’ said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it.” This quotation shows us that civilization is lost when the urge to kill takes over because it shows the stage where Jack is proudly killing animals, but still feeling a little bit uncomfortable with it. In this example, Jack proudly shares that he has killed, but still twitches after saying he did. Jack is still hanging onto the little bit of civilization that is left on their island. Lastly, in the end of the book, Piggy, Ralph, and Sam and Eric, a set of twins, are the only ones who have not joined a new tribe created by Jack.
There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled commonsense. Jack transferred the knife to his left hand and smudged blood over his forehead as he pushed down the plastered hair” (71). Jack was upset by the outburst and took his anger out on Piggy, a chubby boy who has asthma, by punching him in the stomach. Jack began to calm down, but he will never forget how Ralph embarrassed him in front of
In Lord of the Flies, the boys are categorized into age-groups of “biguns” (older boys) and “littluns” (younger boys). Jack, the leader of the hunters, encourages participation in a grotesque dance where a boy is a pig and the rest of the hunters use their spears to poke at him as if they were hunting him. After the first time this dance ends, Robert comments, “ ‘You want a real pig, [...] because you’ve got to kill him,’ ” to which Jack replies, “ ‘Use a littlun,’ ” and everybody laughs (Golding 115). The laugh at Jack’s response signifies that the biguns view littluns as tools since they are not taken seriously —especially when there is a prevailing implication that the littlun will be used as a “pig” for the dance so that the biguns can kill him in the end— reinforcing how selfish Jack and the hunters really are. However, this behavior borders on “evil” and is encouraged by only the boys themselves, thus demonstrating that the behavior is innate.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an explanation of the tendencies of human nature. Likewise, Khalil Gibran’s poem GOOD and EVIL puts forth a very similar message, of the power struggle between GOOD and EVIL within ourselves. Evil is the more tempting of the 2 powers. But, the human race has evolved over thousands of years to become tenacious, to fight for survival. To hold a metaphorical light in a dark, unpropitious situation.