Loss of innocence is ultimately what leads to the war which takes place on the once “good island” (Golding 34). In the Lord of the Flies the boys lose their innocence in exchange for savagery or for maturity because of the attitudes towards killing animals and people. Ralph and Piggy lose their innocence and transform into mature people because they oppose killing people and do not enjoy killing animals. While Jack and his hunters are out hunting Ralph and Piggy focus on the more important things such as shelters and the fire. Jack and his hunters are also supposed to keep the fire going but they continuously forget.
His statement of having no mercy the next time gives great insight to his changing mindset. He will not hesitate to take a life anymore, he has lost a significant amount of his innocence because of this. After this encounter Jack goes on another hunt and is successful this time. He and the other bring the carcass back and tell Ralph, “’ I cut the pigs 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.
Now that he killed the pig, he is proud and has proved to everyone that he isn 't a coward and is in a high position since he bough back meat for the group to eat. The similar theme of pride is shown in “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. Brother is ashamed that his brother Doodle is crippled and the doctor told the family tat Doodle would die if he ran or did normal things a child would do because of his heart condition but Brother took up the challenge ans taught Doodle to do the things he couldn’t do. “I did it for myself; that pride whose salve I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices”(Hurst 3). Brother admits that the only reason that he taught Doodle to walk is because he was ashamed but later on this pride leads to
Jack even said, “If only I could get a pig!” (46), Whenever he was asked if he cared. Jack’s tribe did nothing but hunt. They hunted so much, which distracted them from learning survival skills. This also distracted them from keeping a smoke signal in the air, unlike Ralph’s tribe. Ralph’s tribe worried about keeping the fire going.
(Slide 5) Zeenat: In Chapter Seven, as the beast is being hunted they repeat the ritual with Robert as a substitute for the pig; however, they get consumed by a state of "frenzy" and actually almost kill him, further diminishing their humanity. (Slide 6) Abby: As the boys begin to fear a superstition they create a creature called "the beast.” At the end of Chapter eight, it is Simon who realises that what they
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young boys get stranded on an island with no adults in the midst of a war. The boys were orderly and civilized in the beginning but then as they began killing pigs they slowly became savages and lost their civilization. The boys began turning on each other and the evil within them became present. Golding uses a variety of literary devices including personification, symbols, metaphors, and irony, to project the theme that pure and realistic people in the world can be unheard and destroyed by evil. Golding uses the conch shell as a symbol of order and civilization on the island of boys.
And we were going to keep the fire going...’” (150), we see Ralph not only asserting his democratic and fairly gained power, but also trying to refocus the boys on their long term goal of rescue. Jack’s first manipulation over the boys is by focusing on killing the pig to eat as food. In the quote, “‘He’s not a hunter. He’d never have got us meat...He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing.’” (126), Jack is manipulating the
Roger pushes a boulder where Piggy was standing; subsequently Piggy is killed. Jack’s obsession with hunting and killing lead to the separation of the boys, additionally Jack’s actions influenced other boys to act like him. The boys being stranded on the island with no adult lead to loss of civilization within Ralph and Piggy, and the boys around them. Ralph and Piggy try to maintain law and order, but the innocence with them is lost. Additionally, Jack’s desire for hunting and blood kills Simon.
The longer they 're on the island, the more savage they become. During that time, another key character Simon, who is wise and philosophical, joins Ralph to help make covers for shelter. The young men who are supposed to tend the flame skip out on their obligations to execute a pig. The violence of the chase is all
Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it. This is juxtaposed with Jack wanting to hunt yet again. Jack takes the boys and uses them to assist in killing the pig, but, coincidentally, a ship passes the island while Jack has the boys that were responsible for keeping the fire going (Golding 68). This once again shows evidence of Jack’s insistence on the need to hold power. He feels that orders from Ralph don 't apply to him.