Lord Of The Flies Essay Imagine yourself stranded on a island, with limited chance of rescue and no experience living on your own. Lord Of The Flies, a fiction novel by William Golding makes this image become a reality. The story takes place during WW2/Cold War Era and starts out with the description of a plane being shot down from the ocean and crashing into the island. The boys (Ralph and Piggy being the mentioned ones) became scattered and couldn’t find the pilot. Ralph found Piggy while he was walking down the lagoon and they both started looking around for the other boys.
In the novel the Lord of the Flies, William Golding captures the real image of human cruelty in their violent behaviors. The most prominent piece of cruelty is when the boys viciously attack Simon mistaking him as the beast; killing him with no mercy. After going to look for the beast on the island Simon returns back to the beach crawling on his hands and knees deliriously into a group of Jack’s clan. When the boys start attacking simon aka their godly figure they start chanting “‘Kill the Beast! Cut His throat!
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.
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. Piggy tries to come up with a reasonable reason of why they killed Simon while Ralph states that was murder. Simon’s foreshadowing is proven when Jack and his hunters attack Ralph tribe camp and steal the fire and Piggy specs. ”You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief.” (177).
Spill his blood,” (Golding 152). The “steady pulse” of the circle they created gathered around Simon, and they all took turns “[striking], bit[ing], and [tearing]” at him, not even realizing that the “beast” they thought they were killing was one of their own, and the literal beast they were looking for was living inside them, driving them to do horrible things (Golding 153). Jack leads this murder. He influences the boys to hurt their friend, all because he is too wrapped up in hunting the nonexistent
Once the conch was blown, the “deep harsh” note breaks the silence of the island and attracts the other survivors of the plane crash, other young kids. Piggy goes
Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” showing how they have lost their humanity and are letting their inner evil reign. Even the supposed protagonist joins in on the killing demonstrating that even the good have evil within
Jack and his boys steal Piggy 's glasses from the Piggy and the civil group, in order to create fire to cook the meat on. This moment is important because it proves that the boys are acting out as savages and animals instead of humans. This show of themselves also reveals the greed and incorporation of the savages as they resort to theft. This shows a large difference between the savage and the civilized, as Piggy and Ralph would have approached the situation very differently, asking for the glasses back rather than going off to steal them. If this conflict had not happened, the climax would not have been possible because the civilized boys would have never had to confront the savages about the theft of the glasses.
Bob couldn’t control his hatred any longer so, in revenge he tries to kill Atticus’ children. But a young hero named Boo Radley sees them being attacked and kills Bob with his own
(Golding 152). Jack does not have the decency to find out what they are killing. All Jack knows is that this is suppose to be a beast and makes his group chant these words when they kill a specimen. After Roger killed Piggy and the conch, Jack gloating, “See? See?
In Lord of the Flies, Golding explores the idea that human nature, when left without the regulations of society, will become barbaric. As one of the prevailing themes in his work, the dark side of human nature is represented through the novel, not only in symbols and motifs, but in his characters as well. The dark side of human nature is an integral part of the novel 'Lord of the Flies.' William Golding, a British novelist employs symbols, motifs and characters to create the idea that human nature, without civilisation will become barbaric.