Jack brings up the topic about the beast at an assembly, and makes the little’uns fear the beastie even more. " Bollocks to the rules! We 're strong - we hunt! If there 's a beast, we 'll hunt it down! We 'll close in and beat and beat and beat-" (p.114) once again jack is sepaking of thr beast again, he is convincing the boys that there absolutely is a beast and that he can protect them by hunting it.
The beast is one of the best symbols that shows how the boys progress from civilization and let out their inner savagery. Simon expressing his belief says, “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it 's only us.” (Golding 82). A littlun complains about there being a beast that roams around at night, they all gather around to come up with strategies on how to fix the situations. Simon suggests the beast is the boys themselves, and at this point, the savagery is taking over them and they are becoming more and more uncivilized.
Conscience, in definition, is the consciousness of moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good. The boys in the book are alone on an inhabited island where together they establish positions and priorities which soon become neglected. Scattered throughout William Golding’s Lord of the Flies there are many instances which highlight the contagion of evil in the neglect of having a conscience. All this happens because of how the author views the relationship of evil to humans. He suggests that humans’ relationship with evil is like that of gravity between the earth and its subjects.
But Simon intended to inform the boys of the imaginary beast as only being the instinctual savagery that exists within every human being. Throughout the novel, the boys’ believe in the beast grows stronger simultaneously with them growing more savage. The boys never get to know of Simons realizations. Earlier in the novel, the hunters spear a pigs head as sacrifice to the beast. Simon ends up having an imaginary dialogue with the pig head.
This is because I was intrigued at the fact that the pig head had been personified and was casually talking to Simon -it also seemed as if the pig head was jeering at the way, the boys speak, by saying, “I’m the reason why it’s no go,” which foreshadows the fact that the beasts are from within their conscience response- explain- supports the theme of savagery and the beast -The Lord of the Flies says this to Simon during a hallucination in the midst of the glade
(Slide 3) Abby: A recurring theme in Lord of the Flies by William Golding is that, People are not rational when controlled with fear of the unknown. (Slide 4) Bella: In Lord of the Flies, one of the effects of the boy's' upcoming into savagery is the pigs. The more pigs killed by the boys, the easier it is for them to cause harm or even kill one another.
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).
When Jack wanted hunt, he was worried that no one thought he could, that people thought that he was weak. He pushed himself to kill the pig and became obsessed. Jack was obsessed with the power it made him feel and the power that he thought he inherited with the group. When Jack pauses the first time they went hunting, it's proof that he couldn’t kill at first, he had to become “zoned” in and disassociate himself with the actual hunting before he could make his first kill. Once he overcame his fear of killing his humanity, he was able to not only kill pigs, but also kill people, and be okay with it.
The Beast began as a figure in water and then became the “Beast from air”. Jack’s group of savage hunters made an offering to the Beast in the form of the Lord of the Flies – a pig’s head on spike. By the boys proceeding to do this, it shows how savage they were beginning to get – for not only making an imaginary ‘thing’ an offering but for killing a pig and placing its head on a spike, showing their vindictive, mutilative traits developing.
Goulding has proven that deep down they are all animals, all the kids have animalistic instincts within their subconscious which triggers either the response of fight or flight, nature vs nurture. “Survival of the fittest” , if you are week you die, if you are strong you live. Goulding also explores the defects in humanity by portraying how people react differently to certain situations, for instance when the mulberry faced boy comes up with beastie, the “littluns" are full of fear. However, the “bigguns" (Jack and Ralph) are laughing at how they believe such nonsense and assure them that there is no such thing as beastie. Drawing similarities between animals and humans is the ultimate human defect where Goulding dehumanizes the children into animal like characters, removing the human factor and seeing them as the animals they truly
Despite this novel being dark, it brings up ideas of human nature that can easily be related to ideas in our modern world, such as killing for survival and pleasure and wanting to set things right. Violence is a common establishment in our society today and exists in the military and in everyday life. In the book, there are two major deaths: Simon and Piggy. Simon’s death is more accidental than intentional, considering how the boys thought he was the beast. With their lust of seeing the beast dead, they killed Simon without realizing it was him.
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.
Jack is an example of Golding’s view on every individual being a savage because of his change in behavior. One situation that proves Jack’s animalistic behavior is when he hunts the pig. Hunting for food is a way of survival, but Jack took the idea too far by smearing the blood on his face and having a reenactment of the kill by his followers. On the other hand, Ralph is the counterexample of becoming a savage, because his attitude towards dignity and respect stays the same. After the plane crashes on the island, Ralph immediately takes charge and forms rules with the members of the plane who has survived.