The beastie shows and represents this downward spiral of the boys going from civil to savage. In every person there is something evil that hides deep inside the soul just like the boys in Golding's book it only takes fear and chaos to unleash it and that is what the beastie
In my project, I depicted the symbolism of Jack and the pig in William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies. In the beginning, Jack names himself a hunter; this illustrates the savage side of human nature. As the novel continues, and the desire to hunt and kill increases, and Jack finds himself not only a hunter but also feeling like he is being hunted. This change represents how fear overpowers hope and fuels the dominance of savagery. In the end of the novel, Jack turns from hunting pigs to hunting Ralph.
The usage of the boys’ fright of the beast helps justify Jack’s oppressive rule of the boys and the savagery he makes. He makes the beast like a type of god in order to spark the groups’ bloodlust and form a cult like perspective regarding the hunt. The boys’ faith in the beast creates a religious undertone in Lord of the Flies, since the boys’ numerous nightmares on the beast ultimately undertakes the formation of a solitary creature that they all fear and believe. Jack’s group harness this faith of the nightmare, by leaving the pig’s head on a stick as a gift and an offering to the beast. The skull symbolizes a type of religious object with phenomenal intellectual power, urging the boys to forsake their need for civilization and structure and fall into their savage and ferocious impulses.
Baker also mentions “The dripping head is an image of the hunters savagery”. This quote shows how the brutal killing of the sow directly relates to the hunters savagery, their cruel nature of slowly killing the beast and laughing and enjoying it. They don’t mean to kill this animal to survive but rather enjoy having blood on their hands. Lastly, when Simon discovers the head in the forest and has “a talk” with it, the Lord of the Flies mentions “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill… You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you” (Golding 147-148) This proves the beast which everyone is afraid of is just a disguise, and the boys should be afraid of each other, as man is inherently evil.
The other boys, tempted away from civility by the more natural urges the island and Jack present, abandon Ralph, thus abandoning the ways they’d been taught to act in a British society. ‘He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.’ (Golding 64) Jack teaches them how to hunt the pigs and displays aggressive behaviors they then partake in, exposing a dark side inside of not only the boys, but all of us. This shows a kind of nurture, but a sinister one developed in nature. ‘In his famous Bobo doll experiment, (Albert) Bandura demonstrated that children could learn aggressive behaviors simply by observing another person acting aggressively.’ (Cherry 13) Jack remains at the forefront of his band of savages as their leader after being previously rejected from Ralph’s society. ‘Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification.’(Golding 23) Jack is the obvious choice for leader in the way he conducts himself and how he had the arrogance of one who leads,
In this passage from the Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, the reader witnesses the actions that Jack’s longing for hunting. Golding explains to readers how a group of young boys, who are stranded on an island and struggling for survival, will cause human nature to expose their poisons. This passage occurs at the point where Jack and his choir boys left to go hunt a pig, resulting in the fire to burn out. Piggy and a couple of other boys start accusing Jack, which triggered Jack to put his rage on Piggy. William, the main voice and the narrator in this novel, explains how human nature can bring out the dark side and poison in everyone.
Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”(P86) if they hunt the pig. The boys do their ceremonial dance for making fun with Robert as well after the rituals. Golding points out that the boy’s “desires to squeeze and hurt are over-mastering”(P142) while they do the dance. The ritual of hunting the pig can be seen as a destructive force, it helps the boys to be succeed in capturing the
In the novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, it shows that the essence of man is evil and unacceptable. A group of boys get stranded on an island where they make the most of their situation, and ultimately turn on each other. One of the boys, named Jack, proves Golding’s point that the essence of man is terrible by behaving and acting like a savage. He and Ralph frequently intervene and try to assert dominance to become the leader of their tribe. Jack shows the essence of man is corrupt by his loss of innocence, his behavior like a dictator, and his uncivilized acts.
In the Myth of Innocence by Paulette Michel-Michot,the boys adventure is described as “At first it is fun, a boy scout adventure,But gradually more sinister elements in their nature take over” They arrive on the island innocently and their freedom is going on the beach with a lack of clothes. The focus of many of the boys shifted from having the hope of rescue to hunting for pigs and their savage acts. As shown by Jack who misses killing the pig early one, an urge develops to kill pigs and they continue to hunt. They eventually kill one and they worship the head and see it as god like. Then there wrath of terror continues when they kill Simon, and later Piggy.
Due to Jack’s increasing obsession with hunting pigs, his clear dislike for anyone who disagrees with his thoughts and the fact that he is slowly gaining more support from the other boys, leads me to believe the novel will end with Jack murdering Piggy, symbolizing complete detachment from morality since Piggy symbolizes civil thought. If I were to rewrite this conclusion I would have Jack realize the importance of order, make a compromise with Ralph, and peacefully have the group rescued from the island. In my opinion, Ralph is the one of most compelling characters in this novel. Although Ralph symbolizes order and civilization during certain points of the book he struggles to overcome savage desires. Despite being angry with Jack for letting the fire go out, when Jack and his hunters tell the rest of the group about their hunt Ralph sits quietly and is filled with envy.
William Golding in Lord of the Flies, a metaphorical novel demonstrates the regression of society. The civilization that Golding creates succumbs to the merciless reign of a manifested beast, the superstition on the island through the symbol of fear and cripples the civilization. Although we, as the reader, know that the beast does not exist, the boys of the island still
William Goulding starts off the novel by placing a group of kids on an island. The kids are stranded on the island, alone and fearful. Already, Goulding creates a mood of impending darkness, cruelty and suspense. The theme of this novel is that “The defects in society are related to the defects in humanity”. The boys set rules and assign jobs, yet as time goes by, some boys are devolving and are breaking the rules which represents the defects in humanity, humans cannot stick to one thing for a long time.
Similar to Lord of the Flies, this story was also set on an island which helped induce the savagery within Rainsford. General Zaroff lived on a remote island that was feared by Rainsford’s friend before she abandoned Rainsford and said “The place has a bad reputation – a bad one” which implies people avoid the area. This meant that general Zaroff was free to do whatever he pleased and this allowed his vicious fantasies to become reality. Zaroff’s sadistic game transformed Rainsford into a savage beast, as exemplified in the text “Rainsford did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay.’” Rainsford started as a sane human being who changed after coming to the island due to Zaroff’s influence.
This takes a turn for the worst when the boys end up killing Simon because they mistake him for the beast. Another symbol that Golding uses is a pig 's head. The pig 's head is symbolic of the inner beasts of men. As they (the boys) become more enthralled in the hunt and its bloodlust, they even begin to worship this beast, leaving it sacrifices, such as the sow 's head on a pike, as if it were a tribal god (Neighbors). This event occurred in front of Simon without the hunters ' knowledge.