You still don’t really understand why he is being killed as a criminal, but you mock him anyway, shouting; What kind of King are you? He wails in pain as three nails drive him into his death. You start to realize maybe this was a mistake, maybe I was afraid of the truth. Sadly even today, people are driven by their fear to make horrific choices. In Lord of the Flies the group of boys are filled with the fear of the unknown.
In the poem “Woodchucks” by Maxine Kumin, how does the speaker strengthen a sense that everybody has a murderous intent deep inside? Throughout the essay, you will see that Kumin introduces the speaker as a frustrated farmer trying to get rid of a problem she is going through. The speaker tries to kill the woodchuck by successfully gassing them. The speaker is frustrated and angry furthermore because his solution is not working in order to protect his garden. Down the line in the poem the farmer finds another means on how to kill the woodchucks and feel like this is the only option to get rid of them, however, wants the woodchucks to not feel the pain.
Cut his throat! Spill his blood!’” The boys are so afraid that they are going to be hunted down by some “beast” that they pretend to be the hunter in order to shake off their fear that they are being hunted. Being the hunter in the game makes the boys feel powerful which takes away the fear
The repetition used throughout Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies develops Golding’s theme of how savagery is shrouded within civilization, by demonstrating the boys slow progression into monsters as they spend more time on the island. On page 118, the boys are dancing around in their hunting circle and repeatedly chanting “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!’” (Golding 118). Their use of force and incessant jeering about murdering the beast is important in exhibiting how the boys have, for the time being, forgotten their fear and have focussed solely on fulfilling the urge to kill that has risen up inside of them.
At this point in the book the inherent violence that has been building up through the whole story because of anger and fear takes over and they kill Simon. This shows how humans are inherently violent and without rules in place violence creates a society so defective that it drives people to kill their friends. Another example of violence creating a dysfunctional society in Lord of the Flies is when Jack and the hunters let the fire out to go kill their first pig. “I cut the pig’s throat,” said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it. “Can I borrow yours, Ralph, to make a nick in the hilt?” The boys chattered and danced.
A microcosm is a representation of the world on a much smaller scale. Sometimes, this can be represented as an island, where nothing can escape, much like earth itself. In Golding's novel, “Lord of the Flies”,a small group of boys crash land on a desert island. They have no idea what to do at first, but eventually start to build a society. The main characters, Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon often fight, and during their fights, the other children take sides.
Once he overcame his fear of killing his humanity, he was able to not only kill pigs, but also kill people, and be okay with it. When the group was up on the mountain looking for the pig they came up with a game, one of the boys plays the pig and the group chants and tries to kill the pig. Ralph was there when they first came up with the game, Ralph who is supposed to represent the “good” even lost himself. People seem to think that since they are with a group and everyone else is doing it that it is okay. The only people who honestly thought for themselves in this group are Piggy, Ralph, Simon, and Jack.
Both the Beast and the ‘Lord of the Flies’ are symbols representing the same thing – a manifestation for the evil and darkness within the children. The Beast began as a figure in water and then became the “Beast from air”. Jack’s group of savage hunters made an offering to the Beast in the form of the Lord of the Flies – a pig’s head on spike. By the boys proceeding to do this, it shows how savage they were beginning to get – for not only making an imaginary ‘thing’ an offering but for killing a pig and placing its head on a spike, showing their vindictive, mutilative traits developing.
After a meal of pig, the boys in Jack’s new tribe begin to recite their chant, cheering for the blood of a pig. Unfortunately for Simon, he happens to join the group during the middle of the chant. At this point, the boys bloodthirstiness has reached a new level and they kill Simon. To the reader’s surprise, even Ralph and Piggy are involved in this murder after they get caught up in the night’s excitement. Following this murder, a member of Jack’s tribe, Roger decides to kill Piggy.
Simon ends up having an imaginary dialogue with the pig head. In the dialogue it tells Simon that it symbolizes the evil that lies within every human being. It also says that it, metaphorically speaking, will have fun with Simon, meaning that the evil in the hunters will end up killing Simon. This pig head is called lord of the flies, because of its allurement of flies. Just like the flies are allured towards the pig head, the boys are allured towards the evil.