In Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of boys’ are forced to live on an island without law and order. Therefore, many of the boys experience a savagery phase on the island, causing them to constantly resort to violence over an issue. These boys primarily consist of Jack’s tribe in the novel. Through the boys’ use of face paint and Jack’s tribe killing people and animals, the reader learns that masks are used to disguise people who aspire to commit evil acts and become savages. The boys adopt face paint to disguise themselves whilst committing destructive acts and become savages through masks.
After taking over, Jack and Ralph fight while Piggy stands off to the side, blind as a bat due to Jack stealing his glasses. In the middle of the altercation, a boulder is launched from a catapult-like contraption, hitting Piggy square in the face. Piggy’s “head opened up and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it had been killed” (Golding 181). This is the one quote where parents have some cause for concern, as the scene in which he dies is fairly graphic compared to others in the book.
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.
When Jack and his group were hunting they wanted to make a big scene about their kill. So they thought it would be a good idea to put the pig head on a stick in the ground and to me this shows how violent he really is. Jack is more of a dictator than a leader he tells his tribe followers what to do and if they don’t do what he wants he hangs them up and he threatens to kill them. For example Jack says “Give me a drink” (Golding 158) and this quote perfectly describes how demanding of a leader he is. This is why nobody chose him as the island leader because of his poor leadership skills and his poor choices.
It is violent in the first chapter when the socs jump Ponyboy for walking home by himself. The socs had tackled Ponyboy to the ground and pulled a knife on him. The book says, “It occurred to me then that they could kill me.” (Hinton 6 PDF). If the greasers hadn’t come to save Ponyboy, the socs might’ve badly hurt Ponyboy. Another time people were violent was during the rumble.
Jack tries to cover it up, “‘I expect the beast disguised himself…’ The tribe considered this; and then were shaken, as if by a flow of wind. The chief saw the effect of his words and stood abruptly” (161). The boys first decided to choose that a beast existed on the island, and then they decide to agree with Jack that the beast was disguised, however, deep down inside of them, they knew that they murdered one of their friends. Jack plays off of their fear because it is a powerful tool that he uses to his advantage to control society. Contrary, people’s choices are controlled by society because society judges people about every flaw.
Jack shows his evil multiple time throughout the novel, one of his most savage displays is when Robert says “You want a real pig... because you’ve got to kill him.” Jack replies “use a littlun.”(114). The comment made by Jack and the hunters is evil and savage because Jack’s comment is ultimately resembling a human sacrifice. Jack loses his sense of humanity after the rock strikes piggy and he destroys the conch (181). Jack cannot pay any attention to his murder of Piggy because he is too busy chasing Ralph trying to kill him also. Jack’s evil is an allegory of the present world that the boys live in, the hunters are also an allegory of evil because they are like the army.
A prime example of this is when Jack says, “He’s like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn’t a proper chief.” This act of cruelty was designed to motivate the boys of the island to reject Ralph as their leader. By comparing Ralph to Piggy, Jack tries to manipulate people into thinking he would be an exemplary leader. This is a clear example of the theme that people are ruthless in the fight for power.
Jack’s cruel actions continue when he steals Piggy’s glasses permanently ,Piggy reacts to this event in a unusual way he demands back his glasses alongside with the conch he explains why the boys are behaving in a childish way,Jack has lost control over the tribe and everybody begins fighting.Jack accuses Piggy of starting this riot,then Roger hurls a bolder at him and that is the end of Piggy.When Piggy is eliminated it gives Jack power and pleasure,he has accomplished one of his important goals. Since the beginning the boys have bullied Piggy whenever they needed to feel powerful,however the harassment of him intensifies,and Jack begins to hit him openly.But he doesn't hit the other boys for pleasure.This shows that Piggy is the prey and he is surrounded by hunters.Though in chapter four Piggy does something that he wouldn't usually do,after the moment when the hunters come back with the meat,Piggy alongside with Ralph complains about the fire,Jack then slaps Piggy and breaks his glasses.These events show that they are just using Piggy as a tool,they use him for entertainment . Piggy is now getting more and more annoyed with Jack.Also Jack apologises to Ralph which makes Piggy
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s portrayal of the stranded boys’ bloodlust shows a childhood filled with tribulation and terror. Golding showcases his belief that all men contain wicked desires when the boys abandon their attempts of democracy on the island. Their time spent on the island reveals that even childhood innocence turns dark without society enforcing justice. Simon’s hallucination with the pig’s head creates a physical representation of the evil that took over the stranded boys. The pig tells Simon, “fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!