Characterisation is shown with Ralph displaying different concepts like leadership and order, Piggy, intelligence and reason, Simon kindness and Jack, savagery. As life on the island begins to spiral out of control and the boys descend into savagery, the boy’s split and chaos is at hand. Goldings novel also points out man-kinds ways for destruction. So, what do seemingly civilized people, children in this case, do when there are no more concrete rules to govern them? 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.
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.
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.
William Golding uses indirect characterization to show that human nature is corrupt because humans naturally revert to a state of violence and evil. In ‘Lord of the Flies’, he says, “Ralph...was fighting to get near [to the pig]....The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding 102*). Ralph is a good, sane, respectable child in the story. However, when he is given several weeks on an island with no laws, he devolves into savagery. He maddeningly tries to torture, squeeze, and damage
William Golding the author of the allegorical novel The Lord of the Flies writes his novel in a very pessimistic nature about the human race and evil in his work. William believes that the human race is the true evil because humans have the potential and power to do evil through fear. This theme is personified with the idea of the beast during the novel the children are scared of a “beast with claws and sharp teeth” roaming around on the island and the children end up sacrificing a pig as a sacrifice to the beast. The evil Golding is eluding to is not the beast but the actions caused by the boys while they are afraid of the beast. Also in this setting the island was at peace with only true beauty but, then humanity came and committed the first
Lord of the Flies Essay Revision In the book, Lord of the Flies by WIlliam Golding, a group of young boys are stranded on an island all alone, which turns to have a horrible outcome- murder and savagery. Golding uses a variety of symbols to paint the picture of little boys turning savage, one symbol being ¨the beast¨. Throughout the use of the beast as a symbol of fear, as seen when the boy´s find a dead parachuter and confuse it with the beast, Golding suggests that every human has a beast in them, and humans are the only thing that should be feared. From the start, it was clear to see how rapidly the boys were starting to turn into savages on account of their fear of the beast. Piggy and Simon were the first to figure the puzzle out on page 84, during an assembly to discuss about the beast.
Ralph, alone and afraid. Is a victim of Mob mentality. The other boys, in fear of the beast, have all sided with Jack, ganging up against Ralph to kill him. Mob mentality is everywhere in Lord of the Flies, and some of the most memorable moments are the most obvious examples of Mob Mentality. Mob mentality is portrayed many time throughout Lord of the Flies, for example, when Ralph is hunted, Simon is killed, or the choir follows Jack when he leaves the group.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies Jack transforms from a boy who 's determined to hunt and find food for the group of boys, to a power hungry savage who disagrees with Ralph. As Jacks chaotic actions increases, the reader will notice how fear and chaos will drive people to extreme behaviors. Jack is assigned to be one of the hunters on the island and he becomes obsessed with killing the pig. Golding sets the scene by writing “the madness came to his eyes again”... “I thought I might kill” (53). The sentence “The madness came to his eyes again” shows how obsessed Jack is and how determined he is to kill the pig.
Another example would be Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies, and his realization that the beast is the darkness corrupting the boys souls. The paint masks that the boys wear are also what released the darkness within the boys and let it control them. Therefore throughout the entirety of the novel, William Golding has shown multiple examples, to prove that evil is intrinsic to humans and how easily consume a person. The awakening of Jack Merridew’s intrinsic evil, is the cause of his bloodlust and obsession to hunt. Jack’s lust for the hunt first started when he had failed to kill a pig during the island expedition, and after the pig ran away, out of anger, Jack stated fiercely that “next time there would
The Beast in Every Human Thesis Statement: The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding portrays the theme that regardless of each person’s different background and characteristics, every individual has the ability to commit brutal acts. While this book depicts Ralph and Piggy as the most civilized characters, and Jack and his hunters as young English choir boys, their actions reveal that they all have the capability to act violently. While Jack and his hunters started out as just choirboys, they become obsessed with violence and are driven to kill. At the beginning of the book, Jack hesitates and misses his chance to kill a trapped pig. Later on, as Jack and his newly formed tribe hunt in the forest, they discover a sow.
The beast is metaphoric of the crude feral nature within every human, though naturally more prominent in those who act on it willingly. Simon later encounters the Lord of the Flies (a pig’s head on a stick that Jack left as a sacrifice for the beast) who “speaks” to Simon while he is having a brain clot. The Lord of the Flies tells Simon that it is the beast, that it’s inside of everyone. “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!” (Page 143) it tells him, reminding Simon that to defeat the “beast”, or evil, within a person is impossible to physically accomplish. It’s as if everyone has a ticking time bomb of malevolence that is kept in check by our moral values and societal standards.
One symbol that Golding uses is the killing of the sow by the boys. The killing of the sow symbolizes the terror human is going to bring to nature, it shoes how evil overpowers everything, and it resides nowhere but inside the human (Thapliyal and Kunwar). The boys taking their hunting to a whole new level after the kill the sow. They start to reenact the killing and make an event out of it. This takes a turn for the worst when the boys end up killing Simon because they mistake him for the beast.
It represents the fear of the young boys that were stranded on the island. Through nightmares, supposed sightings, and sacrifices it left its mark on the boys minds forever. Numerous changes occurred due to the beast. Lord of the flies shows how no matter how poised and intelligent one may be, they are no match for the beast lurking inside