His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book. “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” This quotation, also from Chapter 4, explores Jack’s mental state in the aftermath of killing his first pig, another milestone in the boys’ decline into savage behavior.
L.O.F- Character analysis: Jack Merridew Jack Merridew is a bull headed lead chorister at his former academy in England who obtains people's loyalty through control and sadistic rules in Lord of the Flies. What Jack Merridew does is he makes violence out of every situation and degrades people for a hoot. Furthermore, he acts as a dictator from the governmental standpoint for his thirst for power. He loves the sense of chaos and trouble. He is willing to do anything to have a good time and won't let anything stand between him and fun.
Human savagery is when people do acts that are out of the ordinary. Humans are born savage because people don’t learn how to do outrageous acts. Also, savage acts are usually considered as violent which people don’t teach you, which means you learn it as you progress through life. An example of a text that demonstrates the effects of human savagery is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. At the start of this novel, the next world war was about to start, and a plane crashes on an inhabited island which kills the pilot and some of the schoolboys.
The adolescents in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone are entangled in chaotic situations that placed them in vulnerable positions to commit dangerous acts of violence. In Golding’s novel, a cluster of boys are trapped on an unknown island caused by a fatal plane crash that leads to the lack of adult supervision. The need to survive on the deserted island causes two leaders to emerge and clash: Jack and Ralph. Although Jack seemingly submitted to Ralph’s authority in the beginning after Ralph was announced chief over the boys, his manifesting desire to conquer thrives as the plot continues. The thick tension involving Jack and Ralph is ignited when the party of youngsters split up into two individual tribes:
At this point in the book the inherent violence that has been building up through the whole story because of anger and fear takes over and they kill Simon. This shows how humans are inherently violent and without rules in place violence creates a society so defective that it drives people to kill their friends. Another example of violence creating a dysfunctional society in Lord of the Flies is when Jack and the hunters let the fire out to go kill their first pig. “I cut the pig’s throat,” said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it. “Can I borrow yours, Ralph, to make a nick in the hilt?” The boys chattered and danced.
(Slide 3) Abby: A recurring theme in Lord of the Flies by William Golding is that, People are not rational when controlled with fear of the unknown. (Slide 4) Bella: In Lord of the Flies, one of the effects of the boy's' upcoming into savagery is the pigs. The more pigs killed by the boys, the easier it is for them to cause harm or even kill one another. The mistreating of the pigs eases the process of dehumanization in the boys and eventually makes it harder for them to recognize each other's humanity. (Slide 5) Zeenat: In Chapter Seven, as the beast is being hunted they repeat the ritual with Robert as a substitute for the pig; however, they get consumed by a state of "frenzy" and actually almost kill him, further diminishing their humanity.
According to the Milgram obedience study, it states “Some subjects are stuttering, laughing hysterically and inappropriately during the experiment.” In the experiment, subjects were to shock the other subject when they answered the question wrong, some laughed as the other subject screamed about the pain. Jack expressed his nature as he sought dominance of those not in their group. He slaughters pigs without hesitation, laughing as roger sticks the spear while the sow screamed in agony. At this point, Jack has been persuaded by evil through his internal conscience, he has lost the meaning of civilization. His group goes as far as killing Piggy.
Characterisation is shown with Ralph displaying different concepts like leadership and order, Piggy, intelligence and reason, Simon kindness and Jack, savagery. As life on the island begins to spiral out of control and the boys descend into savagery, the boy’s split and chaos is at hand. Goldings novel also points out man-kinds ways for destruction. So, what do seemingly civilized people, children in this case, do when there are no more concrete rules to govern them? Both the Beast and the ‘Lord of the Flies’ are symbols representing the same thing – a manifestation for the evil and darkness within the children.
The Use of Characterization to Develop Theme in Golding’s Lord of the Flies Without society, the organized and civil nature of humans falls apart and leads most people to a more primal and savage way of acting. After this primal nature of humans takes over, humans become driven by the id as opposed to the superego. This lack of empathy allows people to commit horrific acts. An example of this is shown in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, when he theorizes what would happen when a group of people are abruptly removed from the strict order of society. Golding’s novel takes place on a deserted island after a plane crash strands a group of young english boys without any adult supervision.
While Ralph and Jack are fighting, Roger throws a massive rock down the mountainside. The author describes this action as "...with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever...the rock struck Piggy...(Golding 181). This shows Roger, a callow and feckless boy, shoving an enormous rock at Piggy and bringing him to his death. A enormous rock can symbolise strength and power and the rock is also red, which can represent violence. Standing on top of the cliff, it is Roger who feels powerful.
In Lord of the Flies, Golding believed that civilization was a social construct and to illustrate that, he took a group of boys who were originally sophisticated but then altered due to moving from a normal place to a place without social constructs. Richard Connell however thought that savagery was learned as the prey of Zaroff’s game embodied animosity when they were being hunted as Rainsford did. Zaroff’s games however could have only been done in a place without laws, so choosing an island was ideal. Because of this choice, he was able to inflict people with savagery. Setting the story in an island without society is very convenient because it is easy for the characters to do what they would not be able to do in a public place, therefore making it perfect for chaos which can combat the experiences of civilization they had
Chaos wins in the story because when Roger kills Piggy, it symbolizes the corruption of all the boys. Roger is the person who pushes the boulder onto Piggy that kills him. On that note, another example is the symbolism itself of Piggy’s death. In chapter four, Roger throws rocks at Henry. The book says, “ Roger stooped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry- threw to miss”(62).
It’s as if everyone has a ticking time bomb of malevolence that is kept in check by our moral values and societal standards. When not kept in check, however, individuals with the tendency to act on said malevolence will slowly find the beast inside themselves surfacing. The dark part of every being can be instigated when provocative circumstances deem it so, and when encouraged by a group. We find comfort in numbers, and we tend to do things we wouldn’t normally find ourselves doing simply for the sake of the togetherness. Simon is killed through this very premise, when he stumbles upon the tribal dance of Jack’s hunters.