In “Lord of the Flies”, the boys stranded on the island try to form a government. The government fails due to the lack of adult wisdom and experience. One of the boys, Jack, then leads some of the others to form their own separate tribe to have fun and hunt. Because of this, responsibilities are set aside whereas if an adult were there, they would keep control of the children and provide motivation so the jobs were done. The boys, later, come to the point of killing each other, which is because of the absence of adult supervision and self control.
Evil because of puissance, pride and Fear. Buddha once verbally expressed, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him into evil ways.” In the book, “Lord Of The Flies” by William Golding, the characters are British boys whose plane has been shot down and they land on an island. As they time goes by the group experiences vicissitudes in phrenic state and values and they go from civilized to savages. The boys perform actions that they may deem as compulsory for survival, but the way the actions occur show the evil and savagery. The evil within human energies when one fears to accept their actions, has the desire for power and pride People will do anything to experience the feeling of puissance, even things that are inhumane.
It’s human nature to attempt to ignore fear; it’s even human nature to kill or hurt something scary. When people are afraid, they lose logic and self control, which may lead them to do something out of the ordinary. This one slip up of conduct could cost someone their innocence. In the story, the boys are scared of letting fear take over. ““Or else,” said the Lord of the Flies, “we shall do you?
Why things are what they are?” As Simon begins to faint the beast says, “We are going to have fun on this island!” The lord of the flies admits to Simon he is inside all the boys, he is the savagery and the evil that has a hold on them. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could kill!” The more wild and deviant the children act the stronger and more real the beast becomes. The beast is seen as a threat to all the boys except Simon, who understands that the beast resides in the boys. Their fear of the beast formed a connection between them until Jack manipulated their fear to create two different groups to maintain power. Savagery is a primal instinct that exists within all humans and isn't something that can be
An example of this irrational decision making is in chapter 5 of the novel. Jack and his tribe of hunters were in charge of keeping the fire going, so the boys could be rescued. Unfortunately he fails doing so and a ship passes without notice of the boys (Golding chapter 4). This shows that the boys acted irrationally to the situation and instead of acting on what was most important, they acted on what they wanted. This proves the point that the boys’ irrational behavior is due to biological
Golding very accurately showed the natural instinct of humans after the loss of civilization is savagery throughout the group of boys. Ralph obviously represents civilization in Lord of the Flies. He strives to have an organized system full of laws and he wants to escape from the island. Jack however wants to abuse his power to lead the other boys to savagery. Throughout the novel there is an ongoing conflict between the two characters due to their different views and and morals of how their society should be run.
In the book Golding paints a clear picture of what is going on in the minds of the children trapped on the island. He gives constant scents of evil thoughts that the kids have throughout the book. It starts of with Jack who evolves a lust for killing but is scared at first. After some time this stays in his mind and his lust increases. Towards the end of the book this becomes worse and not only with Jack but this also becomes an issue for the other boys.
Sometimes, when we are afraid, we make up something tangible to characterize our fears. We tend to believe that it exists, when in reality it is just a manifestation of or a way to cope with our terror. Similarly, in Lord of the Flies, the beast begins as a figment of the boys’ imaginations as a representation of their collective fears. Their notion of the beast is one that evolves over the course of the novel, eventually manifesting itself as the Lord of the Flies and illustrating mankind's’ intrinsic capacity for evil. The boys' changing belief in the beast indicates their steady loss of innocence, a journey that reveals the corrupt impulses hidden deep within all human beings.
In the beginning of the novel (chapter 3), Jack, the antagonist, is defiant and chooses to hunt for animals rather than help his fellow survivors build shelter on the beach. Jack angered Ralph due to Jack’s unhelpful actions to the point where their arguing was almost too common. Ralph was elected leader among the boys and when Jack was not elected, he needed to prove himself and he needed to gain the other boys’ respect if he was ever going to be in power. Their empire was already starting to fall just because someone did not get what they wanted. In chapter two, page 40,
Jack feels the need to alter his appearance simply to please his developing savage tendencies. This demonstrates Jack’s willingness to kill on account of the fact that he feels inclined to become a new person, just to kill an animal. Consequently, this shows his loss of innocence because he is simply no longer just a choir boy. He is a cutthroat hunter and future leader of the tribe of children. Furthermore, Jack has changed so much, both physically and personality wise, that Ralph, a kid who he has gotten to know on the island, can barely recognize him: “A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair, who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist…” (80).