In LTF the boys struggle in deciding whether or not to become savage and wild or continue as a peaceful, orderly society. An example of the boys turning savage is the chant that Jack's hunters sing, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” Jack and his hunters chanting the beast's death chant. “Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding).
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
Jack and his hunters paint their faces to go hunt like that of a tribe and come back with pig's blood all over their faces. This is showcased as crazy and acting animalistic. Their behavior resembles the behavior much like a pig. The quote, “Jack began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling” shows how the boys actions, as they continue on this island, become more and more animalistic. In conclusion, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel in which the theme of savagery versus humanity is shown.
A littlun spots Simon and thinking it is the beast cries out scaring the other boys who kill Simon. In this chapter, we see how far the boys will go when full of fear, discomfort, and unknowing. Golding use of animal imagery, juxtaposition, and symbolism in Lord of the Flies helps convey the theme that
The boys repeated, passionate chant about killing the beast highlights their descent into savagery. Their constant chant riled them up and made them blind to the reality of what they were actually doing, made them blind to anything but the passione that drove them to commit
During this time, the children run wild and act crazy, but under Jack’s rule. Unfortunately, Simon comes back to the group at just this time. Jack refers to the Simon as the beast and all the boys run over to Simon and stab him, as if he is the actual beast. The boys eventually realize it is Simon but the bloodlust powers the boys to keep stabbing him. Even Ralph is apart of this group, his want to be apart of the safety in the group overpowers his moral duties as a human.
William Golding’s depiction of the true evil in this world is conveyed to the reader through the idea of savagery and war. Golding is saying that the worse kind of evil is displayed in the form of the actions that the boys to the island and themselves. Jack and the boys kill a friend out of pure savagery knowingly. Jack invites everyone to a feast at which he is drunk in the power he gets from actual killing and getting meat from a hunt. After eating so much, the boys decide to have a “dance”, in which they find a creature crawling out of the forest, which happens to be Simon trying to tell them about the beast, and kill him out of pure savagery which has blinded them.
The irony of this situation stems from Golding’s characterization of the officer, Although the naval officer rescues the boys, the concluding pages of Lord of the Flies show that the officer is dissatisfied by the boys inability to remain civilised while stranded on the island. Ironically, this same officer who contributes to this mystical “world of grownups” relates to the boys in some ways. The naval officer partakes in war and murder, which are strangely the things the boys partake in while stranded on the island. The idea of inherent evil is originally stemmed through a quote by Golding himself,“Before the Second World War I believed in the perfectibility of social man; that a correct structure of society would produce goodwill; and that therefore you could remove all social ills by a reorganisation of society... but after the war I did not because I was unable to. I had discovered what one man could do to another...
The boys will begin to form a civilized group within themselves, only in order to break out into disarray. Now that the boys are no longer together, we see savage, power thirsty boys killing one another. We can now see the significance behind this book. In this fiction parable, Goulding apprises his philosophical beliefs that
4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures. One character trait that jack shows throughout the story is selfishness.