Much like the rest of the human race Ralph can be a savage, controlled by his id. All the remaining boys, except for Simon are gathered around a fire chanting about the beast and acting like savages. Simon, meanwhile is investigating the parachutist that has fallen from the skies and is perceived by the boys as “the beast,” a monster that they believe inhabits the island. While a physical beast my not occupy the island, a more potent and omnipresent threat is lurking the island. This threat is the beast inside the kids that all of them possess, some are just more expressive than than the others.
When the sow was killed they left the head on a stick as a peace offering to the beastie. It was used by Jack to try and reduce the fear that everyone on the island had of the beast. As it stood on the stick it had a evil smile (grin), this was when the head became a symbol of evil, since a grin represents doing something sneaky or evil. The main event with the sow 's head besides the killing was the conversation that Simon had. During the conversation the Lord Of The Flies intimidated Simon by saying he was “just an ignorant, silly little boy” and for thinking the beast is “something you could hunt and kill”.
If Ralph had been using his ego, he would have been aware that their time should be spent looking for the beast instead of playing games, but Ralph was using his id which would urge him to follow his “desire to squeeze and hurt,” as he could do in the game with Robert(115). Ralph’s “mass” of “filthy hair,” is reflective of his savagery that he displays in the game(109). When Piggy and Ralph are talking after Jack leaves the pig head as a gift for the beast, Ralph admits that the boys do not care about keeping the fire going and that “[he] don’t sometimes,”(139). His lack of use of his ego is seen here because he is becoming increasingly unaware of how the smoke from the fire is needed to get rescue from the outside world. Since Ralph is no longer as focused on the fire and how it means rescue, the fire is a symbol of his increased disinterest in getting rescued.
This is when he first encounters the pig on a stick, which he names The Lord of the Flies. His fear allows him to hallucinate the sow talking to him and telling him that the savages were going to eventually kill him and letting him know that his evil was inside him and not physically terrorizing the boys on the island. The evil that the sow’s head spoke of was in the air as Simon crawled out of the forest after a fainting spell. Jack immediately took the initiative of telling his tribe to “Kill the beast! Cut his throat!
And then another thing. We need shelters because of the-’” (Golding 52) This quote shows that although Ralph could be off bathing, eating, or playing like the rest of the boys, he remains realistic with his need to build the shelters. Ralph knows that if he gets distracted like the rest of the boys, there is no hope
He sees Jack and his tribe kill a sow and stick the head onto a sharpened stick, which is placed in the ground as an offering to the beast. This head of the dead pig becomes the Lord of the Flies, and it “speaks” to him. It tells him that “I’m the beast” and says that you cannot kill it, and later goes on to say that “I’m part of you … the reason … things are what they are” (Golding 130). After this meeting with the Lord of the Flies, Simon feels “a blackness within, a blackness that spread” (Golding 131) and faints. Simon is now aware of what causes the boys to act this way.
Paragraph Essay In this scene of Golding’s Lord of the Flies, we see Simon finally giving in to the madness that has rooted itself deep on the island, and deep inside of everyone; the island is merely an outlet for these boys to to let out the evil inside of them. Simon had inner demons like everyone else, but it seems only logical that in real life, Simon was hallucinating the pig head speaking to him. Simon was hungry, dehydrated, exhausted, and just escaped a hunt with the most violent of the group, not wanting to kill the pig. There are certain inconsistencies such as, “He knew one of his times was coming on.” (pg. 143) which can be explained by the popular theory of Simon having epilepsy which is a “neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory
“That was murder… It was dark. There was that - that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared.”(156). When Simon comes down from the mountain to the boys that the beast is just a dead body, the boys are too enraged by the thrill of reacting the hunt that they turn on Simon and end up killing him.
Peace and positive leadership are only present when people limit themselves from flawed behavior and thinking without such limits bloodlust, revenge, and savagery can form and these often led to unfortunate events that may be the cause of someone 's death. For example is Vlad behavior during battles against the Ottomans which was driven by bloodlust and revenge as well. During his battles he and his men would not only kill Ottomans soldiers he would murder women,children, and elderly in various brutal ways. Slicing off heads, burning homes, and of course his favorite, impalement. This vicious behavior also supports golding 's theme because the more free reign and control he received the more brutal he became.
Simon, being one of the wiset boys, said, “Maybe there is a beast...maybe it’s only us…” (Chapter 5, page 80). Some boys believe that there is a wild beast roaming about and others think that it is nonsense. The boys are beginning to split up and divide themselves over the thought of a silly creature when in reality, they should be packing together. A dead parachutist lands on the island, stuck in the rocks and trees and the boys mistake it for the beast. The boys have officially decided that continuing hunting on the island is better than trying to get off the island which makes Ralph very angry.
Ralphs original democracy devolves into a dictatorship with Jack as a dictator and the beast both viewed as something to be feared . The pigs head on the wooden stake is seen as an offering to the beast instead of what should have been usually a victory statement. Jack uses the fear of the beast to control the boys. It would appear that the boys cannot separate their civilized