The principal reason can be attributed to violence. Secondly, but still significant, the boys selfish actions and fear help cultivate the environment necessary for societal control. Lord of the Flies teaches its audience how a group of boys stuck on an island can start a society just as in any other community. However, these societies are just as prone to violence, deceit, and corruption regardless of where the society is. Individuals within various communities and societies act as threads within a quilt--uniting us all with a common
The deep emotional struggle bullies face is evident in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Without adult supervision on the island, the boys must guide themselves through their weaknesses. They act out as uncontrolled, dangerous boys to cover up their insecurities. By acting as strong, ruthless killers, the boys look stable and invincible to the others. In order to appear strong, boys in Lord of the Flies exploit the weaker boys and conceal their own insecurities.
They must also have a protector and guide to help them grow into something good, that could make a difference in the world. But nobody is stuck as one or the other, especially when they are born. They cannot be born good or evil, it is for them to decide. This is shown through characters such as Jack Merridew in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and the use of young boys as the characters. They boys also push away their only “guides” of sorts, leading to their personality changes with evil weaved into
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young boys get stranded on an island with no adults in the midst of a war. The boys were orderly and civilized in the beginning but then as they began killing pigs they slowly became savages and lost their civilization. The boys began turning on each other and the evil within them became present. Golding uses a variety of literary devices including personification, symbols, metaphors, and irony, to project the theme that pure and realistic people in the world can be unheard and destroyed by evil. Golding uses the conch shell as a symbol of order and civilization on the island of boys.
In the the book, when the group was together, Piggy was the main scapegoat. But as time goes by, the boys need something else to blame their problems on. They then target the beast “this head is for the beast. It 's a gift.”(Golding 89). They start worshipping the beast and giving it different thing to not make it attack them.
Without Piggy this would have never been possible as his glasses help create the fire. As Ralph is in control the fire stays on and there is a hope that he boys will act civilized and stick together, but once the fire is turned of the only one that still has a desire to get rescued is Piggy as all the other boys attempt to change their life style and accept their fate. The signal fire thus functions as a kind of measurement of the strength of the civilized instinct remaining on the island. Ironically, at the end of the novel, a fire finally summons a ship to the island, but not the signal fire. Instead, it is the fire of savagery the forest fire Jack’s gang starts as part of his quest to hunt and kill Ralph.
With all their similarties, Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game prove that people can behave like animals and savages when it comes to survival.The human nature example in the Lord of the Flies would be the boys killing Simon, the boys behaved pretty savage because they thought Simon was the beast. On the other hand, Rainsford had to kill General Zaroff to save himself from being killed by the General. The theory being made is that individuals do whatever is necessary to survive, because in Lord of the Flies Jack had to do what he felt was right in a savage way to survive. In The Most Dangerous Game character Rainsford also had to kill the General in order to survive. In the end, these stories prove that human beings need to do whatever is necessary to keep their lives from being in
Even seemingly good figures like Ralph and Piggy “Found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society” (Golding 152). Although Ralph may be a good leader and Piggy may be smart, they both have evil inside of them and want to be a part of Simon’s murder. Ralph and Piggy are nowhere near being savages at this point, but their love of death still shows, even if they regret it later. Their savagery is just the result of the evil human nature inside of them that is left unchecked by civil society. On the island, the boys do not have the benefit of civilization, so they revert to human nature and instinct for survival.
One of the ways the boys dehumanize Piggy is when they don't let him speak at the meetings. He always tries to say something that may be very helpful because all of “Ralph's” original ideas were actually Piggy’s ideas. A similar form of
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-“ .