Fear, the Destruction of Reason People often use reason in making decisions, but when scared all reason can be thrown out the window. In William Golding’s allegorical novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of British school boys becomes stranded on an island. The group attempts to create a civilized tribe whose goal is to get rescued from the island. Soon any trace of their civilized manor is diminished by the boys fear of the unknown. The first instance where the boys are blinded by fear is when the boys kill a boy named Simon.
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.
This is showing that Macbeth had the murderers kill the little boy in front of his mother. This is significant because it shows the cruelty Macbeth has for killing an innocent boy and going after his mother just for vengeance towards his father. Macbeth shows many characteristics throughout the story, but in the end is a very cruel
Savagery in Oppression Writer, George R. R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.”. In every person there is a dark void in them where savageness resides and when oppression joins savagery in the void, the brutality in anyone comes out. Although oppression may cause different reactions from people, for most it can cause savagery to emerge from even the best people leading to their ultimate self- destruction by leading them to kill, lose control, and destruct. When a once happy young maiden suddenly kills her husband in his sleep, what is the source of this dramatic act of savagery? ?
The first of these monsters is Grendel. Grendel represented the Anglo-Saxon fear of the night but also the consequence of murdering your own family. The story says “He was spawned in that slime/ conceived by a pair of those monsters/ born of Cain…/ punished forever for the crime/ of Abel’s death…” (“from Beowulf.” ln. 19-23). This quote shows how Grendel was punished by God for murdering family just as Cain did to Abel.
"I painted my face—I stole up. Now you eat—all of you—" (Lord of the Flies 4.191) Jack did kill the pig and get the meat. This implies that he is a good leader, but forcing the other boys to eat it should not give him power. It makes him more like a dictator. The other boys are under his influence and go wild after this.
First of all, in both The Crucible and in Lord of the Flies fear of the unknown seem to be the main motive behind all those cruel actions. In Lord of the Flies the boys ended up killing Simon because they were feared of the beast. With the idea of something they cannot certainly see, the boys went too far. In The Crucible too, lots and lots of innocent people’s lives were taken because the townspeople feared the devil who they do not know for certain who he is or where he is. Moreover, both authors portray how being afraid of losing reputation also cause people to act in selfish ways.
Additionally, they start to dance and chant around the fire “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood"(152). Because it dark and the boys did not stop chanting, the boys think Simon is the beast. Therefore, Simon is killed in the feast, and the boys do not feel guilty about their actions.
The monster may have murdered the people but its ironic because Victor was trying to kill him. The monster points out that “you accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature” (Shelley 88). It’s easy to blame the monster for all of this, and it may look like that on the outside because he actually murdered the people but Victor has equal responsibility. Victor his creator abandoned him and left him alone in the world. The melancholy and lonely monster realized “ he too can create desolation” (Shelley 132) toward Victor.