Jack starts to develop this obsession with hunting and murdering a pig in chapter 3, “ At the length he let out his breath in long sigh and opened his eyes. They were bright blue, eyes that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad” (48). However, his obsession with hunting is shown as early as chapter 2, “ But if there was a snake we’d hunt and kill it. We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody” (36).
Jack and his hunters paint their faces to go hunt like that of a tribe and come back with pig's blood all over their faces. This is showcased as crazy and acting animalistic. Their behavior resembles the behavior much like a pig. The quote, “Jack began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling” shows how the boys actions, as they continue on this island, become more and more animalistic.
“Pedro Vicario sought his heart …in the armpit, where pigs have it.”(120) This quote brings the metaphor of a pig to a full circle, as the original simile becomes the actual course of events when Santiago is murdered with a pig’s knife. This also reflects on the dehumanized nature of the two brothers, who don’t demonstrate a different attitude towards killing a person or a pig. And this way, the image of a pig contributes to building up characters. Additionally, Marquez foreshadows a relation between Angela and Santiago, through “Our daughters would be married in a pigpen” (40), in reference to Angela’s wedding.
The Lord of the Flies itself stands as a symbol of the boys’ violent human nature. When this pig’s head is acquired, Jack’s tribe has already been separated. Their savage nature has already started to come out and by the time the sow is killed, their violence is in full swing. Golding uses imagery that makes the killing similar to a rape scene, such as when “Roger began to withdraw his spear and boys noticed it for the first time” and
At the end of this scene, the immense evil represented by this powerful symbol can once again be seen as Simon faints after looking into the wide mouth of the pig and seeing "blackness within, a blackness that spread" (p. 144). Meaning that everyone has lost control with power and themselves turning into
“Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding). The chant that is sung after the death or the event of killing a pig is cruel and extremely violent. This is an example of a dehumanized since they are not chanting to thank the pig for its life, but the joy in killing it in cold blood. Throughout the story there are other examples of Ralph and the other living in a dehumanized state such as the death of Piggy. “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee ; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (181, Golding).
In Chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies by William Golding in this Chapter. Once the dead body of parachutist has been found and mistaken for the monster, the boys begin to believe in the existence of the beast. Jack resists Ralphs leadership and offers a hunt to kill a mother pig. When the pig is killed all the remaining morality and civilization diminishes in favour of savagery. Ralphs original democracy devolves into a dictatorship with Jack as a dictator and the beast both viewed as something to be feared .
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.
Not till they flagged and the chant died away, did he speak. ‘I’m calling an assembly.” (p.75) Jack is so intent on killing this pig, he is leading a chant about how they’re going to kill it. He describing ways of over kill.
Geoffrey S. Fletcher, an American screenwriter and film director, has always been “...interested in how innocence fares when it collides with hard reality” (Geoffrey S. Fletcher Quotes). If Fletcher wishes to examine this change of unknowingness he is interested in, the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, perfectly depicts how the purity of a child changes when that child is forced to face reality. Lord of the Flies is a novel about how lack of control can turn the purest beings on earth, children, into ruthless savages. A plane strands a group of boys on a deserted island, and readers observe the characters losing their incorruptibility while trying to form a coherent civilization. Advancement in maturation is shown in the novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, through the loss of innocence in Jack, Piggy, and Ralph.