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
Maurice slowly forgets his civilized past, and his internal savage becomes more visible. An example of this is the raid of Ralph’s camp. Jack and his tribe hold a meeting and decide that they need a fire to cook their pig. Maurice, Jack, and Roger come to the conclusion that they will raid Ralph’s camp and steal Piggy’s glasses in order to ignite their fire. They will use the sun’s reflection and the lenses of the glasses to create a spark.
Humans kill, whether it be animals, insects or people. The justice system is used to try and fix what others have done and in this way they are punished. They are punished in a functioning society with rules and laws, but when all that is stripped away we are left with mass destruction and humans that kill. The novel Lord of the Flies, published in 1954 and written by Nobel Prize winning author, William Golding, portrays the violence and eradication of a functioning society through young boys stranded on an island. Golding uses the symbol fire and forgetfulness of the need for it to develop the theme of the loss of society and creation of uncivilized destruction.
Piggy’s logical explanations are taught to the boys, but they won’t understand his words because his intellect overpowers the other boys. On the island, Piggy is quite vocal during the meetings, criticizing the boys’ actions. A situation when this occurs is during a meeting and he announces to the boys, “‘That’s what I said! I said about our meetings and things and then you said shut up-’...‘You said you wanted a small fire and you’ve been and built a pile like a hayrick. If I say anything,’ cried Piggy, with bitter realism, ‘you say shut up; but if Jack or Maurice or Simon-’” (Golding, 43).
Simon, being one of the wiset boys, said, “Maybe there is a beast...maybe it’s only us…” (Chapter 5, page 80). Some boys believe that there is a wild beast roaming about and others think that it is nonsense. The boys are beginning to split up and divide themselves over the thought of a silly creature when in reality, they should be packing together. A dead parachutist lands on the island, stuck in the rocks and trees and the boys mistake it for the beast. The boys have officially decided that continuing hunting on the island is better than trying to get off the island which makes Ralph very angry.
The ¨beast¨ that they speak about is nothing more than a dead parachuter. But their fear for the beast makes them see a ¨furry¨ thing with ¨claws¨ and ¨wings behind its head¨ (page 100). What Golding means when he writes this, is that the beast is in fact human. While its only a human, the boys don´t realize that until chapter 9. It is Simon who stumbles upon the dead parachutist, and finds out that there was no beast.
Throughout the book, order collapses, the leaders turn against each other, and everything starts to go downhill when fear starts to take control of them. From the story, it is clear that the conch symbolizes order among the boys because the conch is what they use to call meetings, the fire represents their emotions of whether they are going to get off of the island or not because they build one in hope of getting rescued, and the title, The Lord of the flies, symbolizes their fear controlling them because they start to think without reason and play violent “games” out of fear of the beast. Some of the most important symbols in the story are the conch, the fire, and the title of the book. The first symbol is the conch that represents the order among the boys. One example that shows that
Just like the flies are allured towards the pig head, the boys are allured towards the evil. This might be the reason why the book is titled “Lord of the Flies”. When the boys get rescued there is an irony in the way the officer reacts to the boys’ savagery. He shows his disgust by saying, “I should have thought that a pack of British boys - you’re all British aren’t you? - would have been able to put up a better show than that - I mean-“ .
For instance, the Beast is characterized by a couple things in the story. First it is characterized by the vines in the forest and then later in the book it is the dead parachutist.The boys say it is very scary, “It was furry. There was something moving behind its head-wings. The beast moved too-”. Furthermore, later in the book Jack decides to leave the group and make his own tribe.
He is challenged by this devilish beast; “Aren’t you afraid of me"(143)? Because Simon understands that the true beast is the boys fear that turns them into savages, he simply shakes his head. As Simon returns from his hallucination he sees the man in the parachute that brought fear to the savages. Simon again tries to tell people the truth of the beastie, but falls short. Because the group of boys don’t understand fear, they sadly rip Simon up thinking he was the beast.
In the book, Ralph asks Piggy on p. 139 “What makes things break up like they do?” This question is how Jack believed that Ralph was not a good leader, he wanted to overtake him so he went off in his own. In the book, The Lord of The Flies, the boys encountered the “beast.” Jack tries to form a meeting by blowing the conch. He argues saying how Ralph shouldn’t be chief anymore, but nobody listens to him so Jack storms off. While Ralph and Piggy were trying to figure out a solution to be rescued, Jack had his boys already going out hunting. Ralph was starting to “miss” Jack saying he would come back when it’s sunset.
He isn’t a prefect and we don’t know anything about him. He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing.” (p. 126) When Jack gets called a coward he gets embarrassed and angry because he knows that he’s not the one in control right now. He thinks that Ralph is not a good hunter, so he calls him out on it and asks the boys if Ralph should even be chief anymore. Jack wants to be in power so he takes charge and leaves. On Ralph’s tribe, they are working to build a new signal fire, but during the night many of them sneak away to be on Jack’s tribe.
Some of the smaller children, when they first land on the island, begin to dream about a “beast” that haunts them in the night. When this is brought up at an assembly, Ralph rejects it, as do the other boys. Simon pipes up and suggests it may be “only us”. After this idea is challenged by the boys, Simon tries to explain, yet he “became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness” (Page 89). The beast is metaphoric of the crude feral nature within every human, though naturally more prominent in those who act on it willingly.
The boys kill Simon in the book because the boys think he is a form of fear, the beast. At first, the beast is nothing but the in boys imaginations, but then as time passes, they create images in their head of what the beast looks like. Simon awakens, and then finds the parachutist that frightened Sam and Eric. He then examines it and realizes it is not the beast. He attempts to go inform the others of what he sees, but the other see him as the beast because of his appearance.
Extreme circumstances provoke precarious acts. As man attempts to survive, he forgets his moral code and reverts to instinctual behaviors. The boys in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies prove this: As the story progresses, their inner evil is evident through their savage actions and their moral behaviors are lost. In the beginning, the group of boys struggle to maintain a democratic environment. The longer they live on the island, their society turns chaotic: No one obeys the regulations set into place and most of them do not take their predicament as serious as they should.