All the boys, savages and civilized, are responsible for the death of Simon. The savages feel as if Simon deserves what came to him since they are only trying to protect themselves from the 'Beast'; who they thought Simon was. They have no remorse nor regret, they choose to not accept any responsibility. A normal child would feel horrified and guilt, the savages did not. This portrays how much they have changed since the beginning of the novel, it portrays their psychological and emotional downfall.
Being on the island everyone is contsantly faced with the fear of the unknown the younger boys need someone to protect them from the fears on the island. Although nothing manages to scare the boys as much as the beastie does. When a little boy with a mullberry birthmark informs everyone that he has seen a beastie. The older boys emitiatly belive its his imagination but even later in the novel the boys start to question the exsitance of the beast. After the killing of simion, jack is belives ut was simon disguised as the beast, and that the beast is not dead.
‘He’s a coward himself’” (Golding 129). The conflict that arrives when Jack blows the conch, which is quite taboo, as the conch had only ever been blown by Ralph before, shows Jack’s arrogance and disregard for the rules. His attempt to overthrow Ralph as a leader represents evil and savagery attempting to overthrow good and civilization. The final and most notable good versus evil conflict in the novel is the final hunt for Ralph, when he has no supporters left on the island, and Jack’s tribe is hunting him down. “He knelt among the shadows and felt his isolation bitterly.
Having rules, standards,authority, can help keep civilization in order. If these things are disregarded, the atrocities of human instinct are permitted to rise. The boys trepidation of the unknown causes their fear of the beast. A little boy educated the others of his locating of the brute. The possibility of such a creature existing on the island appeared to be over the top, yet the young men couldn 't get the it out of their heads.
The jungle is home of the beast, which can also make the island symbolize how evil can overcome the boys within a short time span. The evil contaminates almost everyone on the island. “Just as in the jungle, darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees till they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea"(Golding 57). The boys go through traumatizing experiences with make them grow further and further apart from society. They are physically and mentally affected till they lose their sense of integrity.
This encourages the rest of the boys to become hunters since they too want to feel the sense of power that Jack appears to have. This quote shows that after a certain amount of time humans began to change and reveal their “true” selves. Jack begins to portray a darker character who enjoys destroying those around him. This change from being an uptight choir boy to a savage demonstrates that men are inherently evil since no one taught Jack to act this way. Instead he is the one who is encouraging those around to become more like him.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about the nature of man, his essential being and the inherent evil in him. It is about discovering the darkness in man’s heart. One is obliged to look within oneself and see the lurking darkness (evil) there. Evil is in man’s heart, only it needs to be recognized to weaken its grip. The devil is not present in any traditional or religious sense.
The boys not only disagree on what the beast is but also how to deal with it. Initially, the older boys deny the existence of a beast at all, but “among the little ones [is] the doubt that [requires] more than rational assurance” (Golding 36). Ralph admits that this fearful disagreement is preventing them from residing in peace and order, saying that “‘things are breaking up...we began well…[and] then people started getting frightened’” (Golding 82). Simon, who represents genuine goodness of man, suggests that “‘maybe [the beast is] only us’” (Golding 89). His insightful suggestion is mocked and he is considered crazy because it is easier for the boys to comprehend a tangible monster lingering over them that could be killed rather than to accept “mankind’s essential illness” (Golding 89) which cannot be changed nor destroyed.
We are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else–” The Lord of the Flies derives power through intimidation. Jack uses fear and threats as a way to control the people that follow “his tribe” at first they were empty, but now that he and roger have killed piggy, they now have legitimate authority over the people that are scared of stepping out of line.
None of the other clan members gathered were willing to kill the other messengers, scared of the consequences. Although, it is quite ironic at the end of the novel that Okonkwo kills himself. All throughout the book, Okonkwo emphasizes the importance of not presenting himself as weak, fearful he may mimic his father. However, the colonization process completely destroys him representing the psychological effects colonization has on the