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.
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. His dead body is described in some detail, and his killing is more purposeful and sadistic than the other acts of violence in the book, which are either for food or somewhat an accident.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
In Lord of the Flies there is a war between civilization and chaos. The side of chaos is Jack’s side and the civil side is Ralph’s side. Jack’s side has no hope for civilization, there is just chaos because all they want to do is eat, sleep, kill and repeat. In the end chaos takes over the island, but there is hope for civilization.
Speaking to the Lord of the Flies, Simon tells that “you knew … I’m part of you? Close, close, close!”. Looking to the supposed “beast” right in the face, he knows that it is the fear and the evil that has caused the disorder on the island. Even if he knows the truth, heads off in the dark for the feast that Jack has prepared for the boys. However, the boys at the feast are still fearful of the fictitious beast and mistake Simon as it.
It is said that most people if put in a particular situation they would not do things they would normally. In the novel Lord Of The Flies, by W.Golding, a group of young boys are stranded on an isolated island cut off from society, having no adults or figures of authority on the island, the boys become savage. Examples of such savagery would be the murders, the cruelty of Jack, and how even Ralph could succumb to it as well Ralph, the voice of civilization throughout the novel even is able to succumb to the dark desires within him, similar to Jack. When Jack has one of his pig hunts Ralph joins in as well, and becomes quite engrossed with it, I hit him, said Ralph again, and the spear stuck in a bit.
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.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, each character is symbolic and falls in line with the archetypes of celestial bodies. Focusing in on Jack, Piggy, and Simon, they can each be assigned a specific astrological symbol that matches their own personality. Jack matches with Mars, Piggy serves as Mercury, and Simon is representative of the Moon. Those that represent Mars are given the title of Warrior, and rightfully so. Jack is one of the most frustratingly defiant, rebellious, and independent characters throughout the entirety of the novel.