Lord Of The Flies Savagery Analysis

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We all consider ourselves relatively civil people. That we have evolved over time. That we could never go back to savagery. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a group of boys crash on an island without any adult guidance or supervision. They quickly make Ralph their chief, and Ralph decides to make Jack the leader of a group of hunters that were in the choir group that Jack aso lead. They will soon begin hunting throughout the island. Golding proves that we can all revert to savagery through Jack Merridew’s killing attempts. Jack’s once reasonable manner is quickly disappearing, as being stranded on an island starts to take a toll. After coming back from their exploration, the boys find a piglet in the grass. They run towards it, excited to be able to have meat. Jack, knife in hand, raises his arm, but he hesitates, and the pig runs away. After the pig rescapes, the boys stand up, and Jack starts making excuses for not being able to kill the pig, “‘I was going to… I was choosing a place’”(Golding 31). The boys run to the pig, excited for their first kill, yet as Jack raises his knife, he realizes that he cannot bring it down on this piglet even though it means food. Jack has never killed a piglet before, and he has trouble trying to demonstrate his manliness to the other boys and cannot kill the pig. Although he wants to impress the boys, he is a civil person, and killing creatures is unnatural to him. He tries to make excuses for not killing it, and Jack and Simon
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