William Golding proves that without rules to live by, people will eventually become savage. Savagery is more present when people 's innocence slowly fade away. When Jack brings the boys hunting, the boys do not know what to do since they have never been exposed to that behavior before. Jack makes it seem okay to disrespect what they kill to the point where the boys look insane. The boys not only kill the pig for its feed but to mutilate it and decide,”This head is for the beast.
There are conditions in which cruelty and violence become very present, “Chaos is one, fear is another” (Golding). Chaos and fear can cause the boys on the island to become aggressive, leading Roger to Piggy’s death. Chaos is especially present on the island when the boys are hunting down a pig and doing insane dances with chants. The boys all chant and dance, which makes them more violent than ever before on the island. Fear also comes into play when all the boys believe that there is a big beast that comes in the night.
All the boys participate in assaulting Robert because they believe it is just a game and that nothing will go wrong, but this is not true. The mask plays a part in this as it disguises the boys from their civilized sides, and brings out their savagery causing them to brutally beat Robert even when not wearing it. Moreover, as Simon attempts to inform the boys about how the beast is actually a dead parachutist, they mistake him for the beast and , “The sticks [fall] and the mouth of the new circle [crunches] and [screams]. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abdominal noise…”(152).
(Slide 5) Zeenat: In Chapter Seven, as the beast is being hunted they repeat the ritual with Robert as a substitute for the pig; however, they get consumed by a state of "frenzy" and actually almost kill him, further diminishing their humanity. (Slide 6) Abby: As the boys begin to fear a superstition they create a creature called "the beast.” At the end of Chapter eight, it is Simon who realises that what they
This led to their panic turning into and fueling a tribal savageness. Lastly, the author said, “Simon was crying out something about a dead man on a hill” (152). This shows a use of dramatic and situational irony. It’s dramatic because the reader knows that the “beast” is Simon, but the boys do not because of their fear-induced savagery. It’s situational because when he was attacked, Simon was on his way to tell the others his discovery about the “beast” on the mountain, but they thought he was the beast and killed him.
The schoolboys lost their innocence by killing a mama pig , killing another school boy named Simon and hunting down another school boy named Ralph, to the point of almost killing him. In the first days of the boys on the island, the schoolboys killed a mama pig. When the boys divided and hunted down the mama pig the first time, the boys weren't able to kill the pig. “This dreadful eruption from an unknown world made her frantic:she squealed and bucked and the air was full of sweat and noise and blood and terror”
F) He makes a brief comment on the “beast”. “Maybe there is a beast… What I mean is… Maybe it’s only us.” He then becomes “inarticulate to express mankind’s essential illness.” These statements are a much more direct remark on the savagery of man that is the beast. Much later in chapter 9 (Doc. F), the hunters form a tribe under Jack and perform a ritual dance. They find what they think to be the “beast”, and attack it.
He then becomes a hunter, explores the island by himself, and creates an obsession to kill a pig for meat, which he eventually conquers his goal. After killing the pig Jack becomes a rebel and goes away from the group. He makes his own group and rules by fear and controls everyone who is in his group.He and his group kill simon because they think he is the beast,He makes a friendship with Roger and trains him to be evil and become a torturer.Roger eventually murders piggy which impacts Ralph. At the end of the story he chases Ralph and we do not know what happens to him. Piggy is the last main character in the novel.Although he perished and did not survive, his message and purpose stays with character’s throughout the book.
When Ralph does not follow the rules, nothing good comes from it. when he first hunts a pig, he starts to get in with the group and gets very excited. " I hit him, and the spear stuck in a bit". (Golding, 113) In the book, when society becomes a faint memory, Ralph starts to go with what the rest of the group would do. This is not good because he is not following his own rules for what everyone
Verb usage also helps the reader understand how emotions affect their actions, especially within this chapter. While the boys are killing Simon, their behavior is shown as “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.” (153). During the confrontation of “beast” and the boys, all of the emotional build up is at its peak, and flows out of them as they strike the monster with all their strength. Without the strong verb choice in this chapter, the message of evil and furious behavior would have not shown that they are becoming savage as a form of protection. The intensity of the boys transition to savagery is shown promptly in this chapter through negative connotation and verb usage, supporting that boys from a civilized culture can be pressured into committing savage acts as a form of
However, the boys at the feast are still fearful of the fictitious beast and mistake Simon as it. Chanting “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”, the boys are psyched and begin to leap and strike, bite, and tear at the “beast”. Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective.
Spill his blood!’” (168) Jack’s tribe, overcome by their inner savagery, without thinking kill Simon thinking he’s the beast, this shows that the boys on the island have lost the part of civilization inside them. Piggy 's murder was also unjustified but also done with intent, “Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea. His head open and stuff came out and turned red, piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig who had just been killed.”(201) This death is different than the other one, in that they were fully aware of what they were doing and killed piggy anyway with no remorse. Inhabiting the island for the amount of time the boys have been there has caused the boys to revert to savages who resort to
After a pig run with the hunters and Ralph, things seemed to fall apart quickly. Jack and Ralph have an argument which makes the kids choose between Ralph being leader and Jack being leader. This is where the strict bold lines of civility and savagery appear. The kids in Jack’s tribe were chanting and making a dance around the fire, they accidentally kill Simon thinking he was the beast. Ironically, Simon was going over to them to tell them there is no beast, since he just finished having a hallucination of the pig head speaking to him naming himself ‘The Lord Of The Flies’.
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.