All the boys, savages and civilized, are responsible for the death of Simon. The savages feel as if Simon deserves what came to him since they are only trying to protect themselves from the 'Beast'; who they thought Simon was. They have no remorse nor regret, they choose to not accept any responsibility. A normal child would feel horrified and guilt, the savages did not. This portrays how much they have changed since the beginning of the novel, it portrays their psychological and emotional downfall.
To Hunt or Kill: The role of the conch as a symbol in Lord of the Flies Many authors rely on symbols as literary devices to convey themes and underlying meanings within their works. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the conch is a symbol of unity, bringing the boys together at the beginning of the novel, and it is used to establish rules and a society among the boys. William Golding uses the conch as a tool to express the theme of good versus evil through the relationship between Jack and Ralph. In addition, because of the organization and civil habits that emerge when Ralph has the conch, Golding can display a connection between Ralph and morality. When Jack begins his own tribe and spreads savage behaviours across the island,
The conch shattered because all the boys are starting to turn evil, and chaos is breaking out between the boys. The conch certainly establishes an orderly society until it breaks which results in anarchy. There are many symbols in the novel The Lord of the Flies that all represent civilization and transform into craziness. The first symbol is Piggy’s glasses which break because of all the chaos. The second symbol is the fire which grows and turns the boys into beasts.
After being stranded on an island with no sign of rescue or grownups, the schoolboys need some form of government or leader to rule them all. The first day they discover they are not alone, the boys elect Ralph, one of the older boys, to lead them. He believes they need authority, in place of the grownups. Otherwise, chaos will break out, as it does later on. Golding’s Lord of the Flies serves as a perfect illustration of Hobbes’s philosophy on the brutish, selfish nature of man and, therefore, the need for a strong government.
However, it also shows that although Jack is becoming a savage he still has civilization in him. This is demonstrated when Golding uses the word “shuddering” because although Jack was laughing he seemed uncomfortable and frightened. This shows that Jack has not lost himself completely because he still has trouble killing others without feeling guilty or sick. Finally, when Jack says “ You should have seen it” he is really trying to influence Ralph and the boys to brutally kill the animals on the island. This encourages the rest of the boys to become hunters since they too want to feel the sense of power that Jack appears to have.
Jack has lost his good reasoning. His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book.
As the conch explodes, and one of the main defenders of democracy dies, so does society. The boys have lost all sense of civilization and society and have turned completely “savage” in their minds. Now being controlled with fear by Jack, they have no choice but to follow his orders. Jack yells at the boys “I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry.
Another act of savagery is that he raid Ralph’s shelter in the company of a couple of his savages and snatches away Piggy’s spectacles. Subsequently when Piggy insists on getting his spectacles back, Roger kills Piggy with a rock. The deaths of both Simon and Piggy are thus attributable to Jack’s brutality which is due to the great change that has come over Jack during the period of his stay on the island. When Ralph has fled to save his life, Jack orders a thorough search for Ralph. He gets a stick sharpened at both ends, evidently to torture Ralph to death after Ralph has been seized.