The novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding features a recurring theme of savagery against civilization. But what exposes this theme are mainly the principle characters such as Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, which have an influence on the rest of the group in the story. And what is perceptible as the plot thickens, is that many peculiar aspects give us signs that savagery is manifesting into each one of the boys’ lives. These aspects are the increase in Ralph’s frustration and anguish with the group, Jack’s representation of savagery and the symbols which gain power to convey its manifestation.
“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.” (1.5.31-37). These words are what suddenly unveil the enigma that is the death of King Hamlet, as well as being the catalyst for Hamlet’s plot to usurp the throne from Claudius. As the throne was rightfully his by blood, and clearly stolen by Claudius’ own selfish motives.
This expression of savagery depicts how fear will control the mind and express itself in an unimaginable manner. In chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, William Golding employs repetition, symbolism, and natural imagery to convey the theme of fear controlling the human mind and inculcates one to act abnormally.
Claudius is a perfect example of greed. He killed the king in order to obtain the throne. As it said in the book ¨murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.¨ Claudius was greedy and wanted what his brother had. Instead of
Through reanimation, he created and abandons his Monster, leaving society in the mix of the Monster’s rage and vengeance. I believe that it is through this that he destroys his family and the name of
Throughout The Deeds of Louis the Fat, a common attitude of greed and corruption can be seen manipulating men’s desires and intentions to turn violent. For example, Ebles of Roucy led a host of knights that brutally attacked and robbed churches surrounding Reims and “the more he roamed about with his host of knights, the more rabid and greedy he grew as he took his fill of pillage, plunder, and the pursuit of every wickedness” (Suger 34). William of Normandy proves to be another example of greed corrupting a man into brutal violence. Unable to overcome his desire for the fortress La Roche-Guyon, William murdered the innocent Guy, who controlled the castle and happened to be William’s brother-in-law and closest confidant. Fortunately, both acts of greed and maliciousness met justice by the hands of Louis.
From being a respected soldier, to killing King Duncan, Banquo and Mcduff’s family, Macbeth has turned from a noble man into a tyrant. His once noble heart and kind soul has transformed into a cold and bitter one. You can say that Macbeth was a victim, but we must also consider the horrors of his actions, and his downfall as a tragedy. At every turn of the book, he was fighting inner enemies, falling to ambition and the misanthropic spiritual world. There was no stopping after killing Duncan, and he will do anything to protect his throne, battling against the suggestion of fate, and manipulations of his wife the whole time.
Claudius possesses all the qualities of a villain: ambition, greed, jealousy, selfishness,dishonesty,tyranny. He does not hesitate before he kills his brother being driven by jealousy and power thirst. Claudius is an example of the monstrous-like people of the society becauseClaudius commits the biggest of dishonesty: towards his own blood. The problem with Claudius is that between honesty and betrayal he chooses betrayal, between love and selfishness he would go for selfishness. All that selfishness causes his life to lack love and that is what leads him to destruction.
Macbeth is a tragedy that plays out a savage dichotomy between the head and the heart. Throughout the course of the play, Macbeth the dichotomy within Macbeth’s character by falling from the lofty hearts of a pure and loyal warrior to a murderous savage determined to fulfil the prophecy delivered to him by supernatural powers. The witches influence on how Macbeth made his decisions played a crucial part in contributing to his eventual destruction. They planted the seed of evil in Macbeth’s head that grew to dominate his mind. “Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind.”
When Jack, Ralph, and Simon go on their expedition they come across a tied up piglet and decide to kill so as Ralph and Simon hold it down, Jack was supposed to slit its throat to let all the blood spill out, but, he paused and the piglet got away. The literal reason for Jack not killing the piglet is that he cannot deal with seeing the piglets blood flush out all over the ground. "There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm" (Golding 31). The concept for why he could not is because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because he could not handle the blood. When the pig gets away, Jack says that he was just choosing a place, decide where to stab him, this foreshadows the death of something when Jack finds the place.
When babies are first born into the world, they have no knowledge. Humans are born into the world as savages, naked and clueless. These babies eventually grow up, covered by clothes and clouded by materialism. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, after being freed from the mask of materialistic things, we can clearly see a character shift in all the boys. These well mannered, cultured and civilized boys transform into primitive beings.
Authoritarianism According to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory(Freudian Theory) of personality argues that human behavior is the result of the interactions among three component parts of the mind: the id, ego, and superego. This theory places emphasis on the role of unconscious psychological conflicts in shaping behavior and personality. The id, the most primitive of the three structures, is concerned with instant gratification of basic needs and urges, meaning wanting things which only last for a while. In the novel, Lord of The Flies, by William Golding, associate Merridew’s personality with the id theory because he does whatever he desires which only last for a while.
All good leaders find a tyrant or all tyrants have a good leader stand in their way. King Duncan of Ireland had his life taken away by the following tyrant and former friend Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth; The young Ralph and the anarchist island lord, Jack from The Lord of the Flies. Many more are known throughout each story, however only a few pose as actual threats to these prime leaders outside their tyrants. Each leader has certain qualities that make them leaders; the identical instance goes for tyrants.
Man is Inherently Evil In Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, there are several themes expressed through the boys from the beginning to the end. The main theme conveys that man is inherently evil. This can be understood from most aspects of the book. Golding conveys that man is inherently evil through the boys need to undermine each other and the loss of morality in their decent to chaos.