Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” (Golding 104). In a normal situation in society what the boys were chanting would be deemed inappropriate. But, since the boys are falling away from regular civilization actions such as the one in the quote are starting to be classified as morally acceptable in their eyes.
It is evident that the characters are children due to the immature actions they showed and absurd notion they conceived. However, even though they are youthful and inexperienced boys, some of them desire and have the ability to kill, specifically Roger. On chapter 11, page 180, it stated, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever”. This passage of the novel reveals the ruthless behaviour of Roger that eventually lead to Piggy’s death. It also manifests the point that evil is not only applicable for adults, but for children as well.
When people are born, they cannot be good or evil; however, without the lessons and rules taught by society, humans are inclined towards greed and savagery. William Goulding’s novel, “Lord of the Flies,” explores ideas regarding the inherent nature of human beings. Initially, Ralph and the other boys desperately try to maintain law and order, but since they were taken away from the world of adults and given freedom to do as they please, most of them succumb to uncivilized impulses. For example, many of the boys found their power to destroy and kill thrilling, despite this going against their morals. When Jack and his hunters kill a pig for their first time they exclaim “look!
In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of civilized boys are stranded on an island with no parental authority and soon they become uncivilized. One of the first things the boys do is pick a leader. They pick a boy named Ralph because they thought he would do the best job keeping them civilized. Throughout Lord of the Flies Ralph is mentioning wanting to get rescued from the island. All of the boys on the island have become less and less civilized as time went on but Ralph seemed to be just the same as when they crashed.
There are no adults with these boys, so they have to figure out a way to live and work together cooperatively. At the beginning of the novel things are going well, and the boys appoint a leader and assign different jobs to groups of people. However, as the story develops, things take a turn for the worst. Since the boys are not familiar with the island, it makes them imagine things that create fear inside of them. This fear makes them
Ralph and Jack’s opinions are divided on this point, and “the careful plan of this assembly [breaks] down.”(P112) The conference breaks up in discord. Before this meeting, a group of boys which is led by Jack goes to “kill a pig”(P86) and this makes “the fire out”(P87) indirectly. During the process of hunting, the boys do their first ceremonial dance; and the dance build up the boys’ courage. Therefore, the children would do the dance and chant their slogans which is “Kill the beast! Cut his throat!
In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, many young boys became stranded on a deserted island without any grownups. In the beginning, Ralph, the leader, warns everyone about the importance of having a fire with smoke in order for ships to find them. Not everyone agrees with his philosophy though; some think finding food is a more urgent matter. These boys create their own tribe led by a young boy named Jack. Through the development of Jack Merridew’s characterization, the author shows that humans will succumb to their animalistic ways when they do not have a set government.
William Golding in the novel Lords of the Flies supports the famous quote of Mark Twain who said that, “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it”. Lords of the Flies focuses on several English young school boys who were trapped on an isolated island. In the beginning of the novel, the boys are described as civilized human, but with the passage of time the novel changes its focus and illustrates how the sophisticated and well-mannered boys gave up their civilization and became wild and merciless. Jack was one of the main characters in the novel who tried to kill a pig at the beginning of the novel, but failed because of the sense of civility that resided in him.
A Crumbling Society The novel Lord of the Flies written by William Golding tells the story of a group of boys abandoned on an island to fend for themselves. In the novel, a group of young English boys trying to escape war get stranded on an island after a plane crash. Initially there is order, but as time progresses things begin to fall apart and the island is reverted to a much more primitive state. This movement away from a normal, civil society over time shows what the disconnect from the larger civilized world can do to people, especially young children who have never been on their own before. The novel demonstrates that civilized society keeps man from reverting to a more savage, primitive state.
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.
The boys set rules and assign jobs, yet as time goes by, some boys are devolving and are breaking the rules which represents the defects in humanity, humans cannot stick to one thing for a long time. The theme is shown immensely through out the three chapters we have read so far. To begin with, only Ralph and Piggy who are full of fear are on the island. However they do not get along in the beginning, but they manage to work together to find the other boys. This is one of the first signs of the defects in humanity, two people do not get along so that creates a form of a chaotic setting.