Jack still has his initial innocence but later Golding shows how Jack will break his morals. Later Jack finally kills the pig and to support the fact that Jack did not have the heart to kill the pig. As well as the twitch his dream of, “memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink” (Golding 70) To show how much it was bothering him. Jack,one of the most evil in the book and could be said to have the the leader role in the madness. The quote shows his innocence that completely contrast Jacks personality later in “The Lord of the
Another example of this symbol is in the last chapter, when Ralph is being chased by the hunters, and he runs across the pig 's head again. He is driven to rage just by looking at it- he feels like it is laughing at him and even comments that it gleams white like the conch had. His rage in front of the Lord of the Flies symbolizes the evil within him. Golding also purposely compares the skull to the conch to show that savagery has replaced the civilization the conch
The name “Lord of the Flies” is a reference to the name of the Biblical devil Beelzebub, which symbolizes the evil that potentially exists in the heart of every human. The beast was first introduced in the novel by a boy, described as “shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry-colored birthmark.” (Golding, 27). In reality, the beast is not real, it actually represents the children 's fears about themselves. The boys end up letting out the beast, which is the savagery hiding within them. During Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies, Golding reveals the central issue concerning human nature.
His characterization has a immense impact on the story’s overall meaning and purpose, demonstrating many interesting themes that warrant further scrutiny. Simon’s characterization as a wise, Christ-like figure impacts the story’s themes and meanings in three ways. Simon is a kind, just boy with an ability to see good in anything, but no one else seems to have the insight that he has. This leads to the first theme that Simon demonstrates: the magnitude of the good, light side will always pale in comparison to the darker, viler one. While the other boys are frolicking about and eating fruit, dreaming about killing the pig they came across, Simon slinks into the forest and “[glances] swiftly round to confirm that he [is] utterly alone” (56).
Simon, a quiet young boy, wandered away from the crowd and eventually went mad of dehydration. In his stupor, Simon hallucinated that beast was speaking to him in the form of a pig’s head. “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill! … You know, didn’t you? I’m part of you?
Then Jack grabbed Maurice and rubbed the stuff over his cheeks. Roger began to withdraw his spear and boys noticed it for the first time. Robert stabilized the thing in a phrase which was received uproariously” (Golding 187). "Right up her ass!” “Did you hear?” “Did you hear what he said?” “Right up her ass!” This time Robert and Maurice acted the two parts; and Maurice 's acting of the pig 's efforts to avoid the advancing spear was so funny that the boys cried with laughter.” (Golding 189) The pig’s head and Roger’s spear is the symbol of evil in Lord of the Flies. In Lord of the Flies, the pig’s head and Roger’s spear appear it will have some bad thing happen.
When visited by the lord of the flies, Simon hears voices telling him about the beast within all of us and then proceeds to faint. Simon is the embodiment of forethought and vision in the novel. This can be inferred as he relays to the boys, the message from the pig’s head on a stick. Simon’s death symbolizes the loss of conscience and the beginning of depersonalization, “The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise something about a body on the hill.
Both the Beast and the ‘Lord of the Flies’ are symbols representing the same thing – a manifestation for the evil and darkness within the children. The Beast began as a figure in water and then became the “Beast from air”. Jack’s group of savage hunters made an offering to the Beast in the form of the Lord of the Flies – a pig’s head on spike. By the boys proceeding to do this, it shows how savage they were beginning to get – for not only making an imaginary ‘thing’ an offering but for killing a pig and placing its head on a spike, showing their vindictive, mutilative traits developing.
They grow to be evil and brooding depending on their circumstances, the situations that they have been put through, and the choices they make during them. People also need a guide, or friend to help them stay on the good side, never leading them into wrongdoing. This is shown in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies , as the boys’ push through terrible obstacles, and the task to survive. Golding shows amazingly accurate character development throughout the book as they boys have to change to fit these new affairs. Everyone knows that babies are cute, pure, innocent creatures, and this goes with young children as well.
It also plays a significant role in bringing out the innate evil in the boys. Golding creates the impression the fire has its own life, comparing the fire to different animals, first squirrels then jaguars. He uses phrases such as ‘scrambled up’ and ‘began to gnaw ’ to emphasise this effect. He also personifies the heart, giving it realistic traits such as the human heart, with the words ‘leapt nimbly’ and ‘swinging and flaring ’. The fire shows the innate evil in the boys through their desire of consuming meat.