In the allegorical novel Lord of the Flies, Golding incorporates violent imagery, personification, metaphor, and the characterization of Ralph and Jack as character foils in order to illustrate two vastly different approaches to creating a community; thus showing Ralph’s civilized leadership through intelligence and logic versus Jack’s savage leadership through intimidation and fear. In this scene, the reader views these two differing styles of leadership through the eyes of Simon, one of the older boys on the island. Jack and the hunters return from the forest marching as a group and proudly displaying their slaughter of a wild pig. Although, they are proud of their prized pig, they have neglected their responsibilities or keeping the …show more content…
The chanting shows a barbaric and violent mindset to the hunters, which conflicts with Ralph’s intellectual approach to organizing a fire in order to create a smoke signal. Ralph is focused on the importance of survival, while Jack is excited about the thrill of the hunt. Jack does not primarily hunt for food, but rather, he hunts to show his power and authority over others. This difference in priorities between Jack and Ralph creates tension between the two boys as when Simon looked “from Ralph to Jack...and what he saw seemed to make him afraid” (Golding 68). Jack and Ralph have conflicting ideas on how to lead the boys and survive on the island. However, their feelings of hatred towards each other is causing fear to spread within their groups. Although Ralph was voted the leader due to his knowledge and intelligence, Jack tries to gain control through violence bringing “a great stake”, which holds a “gutted carcass” with a “gaping neck” (Golding 68), showing him as the physically stronger and more aggressive leader. This violent imagery demonstrates the boys’ progressive decline from civilized to savage behavior. The boys, especially the hunters, begin to lose their civilized qualities while trying to adapt to surviving …show more content…
The use of the word “floating” gives their violence a sense of power and a feeling that it was inspiring the boys to this behavior. The use of the metaphor referring to the burnt out signal fire to “the bowl of blackened wood and ashes” shows the destructive result of the hunters’ actions. The mention of the burnt wood and ashes captures the feeling of failure and hopelessness, as the hunters may have ruined the boys’ best chance at being saved. Simon feels a sense of fear as he sees the impact of the boys choosing Jack’s savage leadership over Ralph’s intellectual leadership: a group wildly chanting over a dead pig and a unsuccessful signal fire. Through the distinction between the leadership principles of Ralph and Jack, one is able to see the contrasting approaches and how it affects the boys actions: leading them towards a path of civilized, humane actions or a path of violence and savagery. Jack’s leadership is connected to darkness and evil, including the carcass of the dead pig and the shouting for more blood and killing, foreshadowing the breakdown of the boys’ sense of civilization and order. In contrast, Ralph’s leadership illustrates faith in one another and an optimistic community, focusing on the rescue and survival of the group and creating a feeling of safety and
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Jack proposes that he forms his own tribe.. Within this rebel tribe he suggests that they act only as savages. The temptation to hunt won many of the boys over in favor of orderly society as suggested by Ralph. The two groups of boys reach the culmination of the conflict when logic battles savagery; “ ‘Which is
These boys, Jack and Ralph, both fight for dominance during this novel, whilst grappling with their egos and desires. Ralph is the superior leader in, “Lord of the Flies,” due to his prioritizing the group’s welfare and emphasizing reason over primal instinct. Ralph's leadership prioritizes the group's welfare, he says “We've got to have special people for looking after the fire. Any day there may be a ship out there... ”(Golding 33)
Jack and the hunters had one of their first successful hunts at this point, which is when a ship could have rescued the boys, but there was no signal fire. “Do you want to be rescued? All you can talk about is pig, pig, pig!” (Golding, 55). At this point, readers can note the frustrations in Ralph’s tone.
Fear is what you make of it because nothing is inherently scary it is what you take from the object or experience that makes it scary and fills your head with fear. This can have an effect on society and how people and their respective governments react to types of issues and problems. This leads to in extreme cases war and mass murder of a society that is being exploited as a scapegoat. In the book Lord of the Flies the author William Golding suggest the impact fear has on human nature and how it disrupts order and disorder in a society.
When Ralph and his crew visit Jack’s savages to take part in a feast, they end up taking part in more than just eating. When Simon crawls out of the forest into the circle of dancing boys, the gate of order finally gives way and a hell of confusion, hate, bloodlust, and chaos breaks loose. As the boys chant “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”
With this conveyance of fear at the animalistic side of himself, Jack proves that he still has some humanity that he will later lose. After Jack says this, he gets in a fight with Ralph over what should be done for the betterment of the tribe.
Man is Inherently Evil In Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, there are several themes expressed through the boys from the beginning to the end. The main theme conveys that man is inherently evil. This can be understood from most aspects of the book. Golding conveys that man is inherently evil through the boys need to undermine each other and the loss of morality in their decent to chaos.
Everyone has this underlying darkness within them that is hidden away deep inside the nooks and crannies of their hearts. Golding demonstrates this through the use of his major characters, Ralph and Jack. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, the author William Golding utilizes character development to suggest the idea that when individuals are separated from civilization, dark forces will arise and threaten unity and harmony. Golding presents the protagonist, Ralph, who is decently intelligent and completely civilized, to demonstrate how once individuals are pulled away from civilization, the dark forces within them will arise and change how they are for the time being.
The Peer Pressure Factor of Lord of the Flies William Golding’s Lord of the Flies paints two stark and opposing images of reality. On the one hand, the novel suggests that certain characters have venerable attitudes, making them seem like the protagonists, like Simon or Piggy. This can be seen from the motivating forces behind Simon’s decisions, or by the civilized behavior portrayed by Piggy. On the other hand, the novel also suggests that a deep built-in mechanism exists in every human being, one that prioritizes survival over morality. Just by observation, the novel demonstrates Jack’s exercise of hunting instincts, his combat of the social recourse from Ralph, his influence on everyone else to join him, and his eventual takeover of the
When Ralph declares Jack the head of hunters, Jack takes this power to another level of jealousy and greed and becomes savage. After he kills his first pig he puts blood on his face and creates a mask. Jack's hunters immediately follow his footsteps creating what appears to be an army with Jack as the general. Having an army eventually leads to having a war which happens towards the end of the book. This represents a futuristic nuclear war which is happening while the boys are stranded on the island.
In the book The Lord of the Flies we can see that many conflicts happen while the kids are in the island, most of these conflicts are struggled to be solved. The main conflict and the one that I 'm going to be talking about is the conflict between Ralph and Jack, were both boys compete for power. Ralph is more civilized and tries to make a fire and build tents while Jack is more of a savage who uses violence and wants to hunt all the time. Its is easy to see that in this literary piece the author uses many conflicts to make the reader visualize wants happening in the island. Ralph is voted by the boys to be the leader of the group, in the book he represents leadership, civilization and order.
Ralph was the leader of the civilized group, and Jack was the leader of the savage and bloodthirsty hunting group. Important arguments between the civilized boys and savage boys come up in three important moments throughout the book: when the signal fire is allowed to go out and a boat passes by the island, when Jack leaves the civilized group to create his group of savages, and when the savages steal Piggy’s glasses to make their own fire. The first key moment near the beginning of the book shows the growing tension between civilization and savagery. It comes up when
However, Jack and his tribe are eager to hunt Ralph down. In this final scene, it is clear that savagery completely took over civilization on the island. “Fun and games,” said the officer. (Golding, 181). The naval officer correctly identified the hunt, because the boys allowed the inner evil dominate themselves.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Golding attempts to compare and contrast two opposite strategies of control. Golding portrays that while Ralph and Piggy’s government may have been a morally sound solution, the boys chaos is too strong to be controlled by a democracy. It must be controlled by a feared dictator. While the idea of democracy, represented by the conch, is a pure concept and can provide an equal opportunity for all of the boys on the island, the animalistic need for power and chaos that controls the boys can only be reined in by a powerful dictatorship. Democracy on the island could have provided an equal opportunity for all the boys on the island.
Throughout the book we witness the power struggle between Jack and Ralph, we watch as Jack undermines Ralph's authority and gains control of the boys on the island. Jack's leadership is powerful, he understands how to coerce others into following him and is exceptional at controlling his crowd. Take for example him leading the crowd of hunters, “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood” (Golding 56).