The boys not only disagree on what the beast is but also how to deal with it. Initially, the older boys deny the existence of a beast at all, but “among the little ones [is] the doubt that [requires] more than rational assurance” (Golding 36). Ralph admits that this fearful disagreement is preventing them from residing in peace and order, saying that “‘things are breaking up...we began well…[and] then people started getting frightened’” (Golding 82). Simon, who represents genuine goodness of man, suggests that “‘maybe [the beast is] only us’” (Golding 89). His insightful suggestion is mocked and he is considered crazy because it is easier for the boys to comprehend a tangible monster lingering over them that could be killed rather than to accept “mankind’s essential illness” (Golding 89) which cannot be changed nor destroyed.
Jack and his hunters think that they are the special group of boys because they have the most significant duty. In chapter 3, While Ralph and Simon work hard on building shelters for others and Ralph requires some help from Jack, but Jack says “Except me and my hunter-” (p. 50). Jack tries to avoid doing the
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. This quote shows that after a certain amount of time humans began to change and reveal their “true” selves. Jack begins to portray a darker character who enjoys destroying those around him. This change from being an uptight choir boy to a savage demonstrates that men are inherently evil since no one taught Jack to act this way. Instead he is the one who is encouraging those around to become more like him.
Chapter 1 1. What is Ralph’s attituide toward Piggy in the first chapter? Ralph is very mean to Piggy; Ralph mostly ignores Piggy, but he knows that Piggy has a lot of useful knowledge. Ralph moves away from Piggy whenever Piggy tries to come closer. 2.What is the significance of Piggy’s plea to join the expedition?
Also, Ralph never followed the idea of hunting, because he thought it was savage, but soon learns to appreciate hunting when a boar attacked the group, and Ralph kills it. Evaluation of Behavior (your thoughts): He very well uses his power and his good looks to become the leader. He shows much civilized characteristics compared to Jack. He always goes ahead of the group, and pushes himself to do something that he doesn’t want to for the greater good. Also, he cares for others, and wants everyone to be equal.
This shows an act of foolishness as leader because he did not notify his men of the dangerous obstacle coming towards him, but just keeps put to leave his men to fend for themselves. An example of Odysseus’ arrogance is when Odysseus brags to Cyclops and yells out, “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? Puny am I, in a Caveman’s hands? How do you like the beating that we gave you…” (L. 390-392).
You been rude about his hunters’ (142). The discrepancy between Jack’s opinion of himself and his associates shows yet again when Ralph forces the reality upon Jack. Jack’s hunters were, indeed, no more than boys armed with sticks, and their yield rate (54) testified against their capabilities. Jack doesn’t realize that he really was the only one hunting, and the others’ presences were mostly trivial, which gave him a false sense of empowerment, continuously building his conflicting ideas between his “important” role as a hunter, and the reality that meat wasn’t an absolute necessity. What types of images are used in conjunctions with the character?
At first, the civilization is still intact with boys but as the novel progresses on, the boys develop a savage trait and their sense of civilization begins to dissipate. Jack and Ralph’s opposite mindsets are shown in the novel like the right to speak during meeting, when the group hunts pigs, the struggle over Piggy’s glasses, and finally with Simon’s death. Jack felt that without rules, a person is free to do whatever he desires, which exposes their true nature and it is almost if he does not know the difference between rights and wrong. Savagery and civilization is the common theme for the novel and as these two strong forces clash so do the boys. Ralph’s attempt to civilized the island is overtaken by the savagery that Jack holds.
At the beginning of the story the boys are very scared and confused on where they are because this place is a unknown entity they have no clue what could be on the island and how they are going to survive. This is symbolism of human instinct, because when people encounter unknown experiences they start to freak out and make irrational decisions on easy problems with simple solutions. This occurs most in Jack because he wants to be the leader of the group of boys but when Ralph gets leader he tries to sabotage it in different ways by creating more fear and promoting protection of the group from “The beast”. “If you’re hunting sometimes… you can feel as if you’re not hunting, but being hunted”. While Simon is still scared he is not making irrational decisions, he is trying to figure out how to survive and follow orders and creating shelters and fire.
Still being a teen, Jack fails at this obstacle of change during his first attempt as he can’t deal with the killing of a living organism after first arriving. Jack is still very connected to his identity as a civil individual and therefore struggles when killing the pig since he is forced to change, express leadership and be productive, however isn’t able to kill it as “There came a pause… only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be...Jack’s face was white under the freckles… the unbearable blood.” (Golding, 31). Thus, witnessing failure in the beginning of novel as he is gaining experience from a new life where civility is ignored and savagery is widely required, in order to be productive, gain authority and survive. This event is significant throughout the novel since Jack experiencing such humiliation leads him to strive for success as he continues to attempt the change in his life while the group is isolated from society, compared to how the Germans viewed the world, differently than everyone else as the military served a form of dictatorship, and savagery against non-Germans, consequently demonstrating isolation and struggle for change in the world during World War