“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).
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).
One of the primary areas we saw this in is on page 153. “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws”, Goulding had written. Here we can see the brutal murder of Simon, or the so called Beast, by his beloved friends. None of his friends meant to kill Simon, yet they got caught up into a frenzy of emotions which drove them in order to do it.
Jack is the first to deviate from order. The first hunt that Jack goes on invigorates him, but he is unable to kill the pig that they caught. Jack then realizes that being nice won’t allow him to catch the pig, so he instills a ruthless mindset to kill this pig, “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig!
The juxtaposition of their moods is quite ironic in nature. Most of them are happy for killing the pig when, in fact, the killing of the pig resulted in the loss of the signal fire and a wasted opportunity to be rescued. Golding repeatedly useds the juxtaposition of opposite themes to create a deeper contrast between the two. Ralph and Jack most clearly represent Golding’s use of Juxtapositioning in the novel. Both individuals embody polar opposite character traits that are prevalent in all people.
We notice from the beginning of this novel that it is going to be interesting. Jack quickly goes savage and states “You should stick a pig… You cut pigs throats to let the blood out”(31 Golding). Not only is this a sign he 's gone savage but it is also a sign that he doesn 't care.
Bash him in!” Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering”(114). Through the book Ralph stays civilly orientated mostly throughout the book, chapter 7 is when Ralph finally snaps. When he slowly, without really knowing, starts to contribute to the wild ways of the other boys in order to survive.
When the boys crash-landed on the island they were mostly all innocent other than a few exceptions. The boy who the reader can see loses the most innocence is Jack. Jack is the choir leader and just wants more power, like a dictator. As the story goes on, the reader sees how Jack changes from an innocent choir boy to a pig obsessed ravenous killer. The point where the reader can see the most loss of innocence is when Jack and his hunters murdered the pig and smeared its blood on their faces.
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
4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures.
(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)
“Abu wants us to be scared, responding with hatred and anger will only allow us to act in the same ignorance that has made Abu what Abu is.” Said Paris the pig. Within a second Abu crashed into the house growling and foaming at the mouth, at the sight of the panicking animals. His deathly nails protruding from his paws, he exclaims, “who’s first?!” He stood face to face with the three pigs, his teeth shimmering in the light, stained with blood. As the pigs stood with no fear whatsoever, the wolf stood, confused, “no fear?” questioned the wolf.
On the first hunt, the boys failed to slaughter a pig, but still know that, “Next time there would be no mercy.” Then, to assure the group had the idea even clearer, “[Jack] looked around fiercely, daring them to contradict” (P.31). The boys, Jack specifically, have a mutual understanding that sparing the pig was a setback for their ultimate survival. Shortly after hunting, and succeeding, the boys return with a pig shouting “‘Kill the pig. Cut her throat.
Another symbol that Golding uses is a pig 's head. The pig 's head is symbolic of the inner beasts of men. As they (the boys) become more enthralled in the hunt and its bloodlust, they even begin to worship this beast, leaving it sacrifices, such as the sow 's head on a pike, as if it were a tribal god (Neighbors). This event occurred in front of Simon without the hunters ' knowledge. Simon was left to think to himself about the event that had just occured.