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.
Lastly, devil and hell imagery are used, revealing Iago’s evil nature, hoping for the destruction of others for his own self-interest. Iago calls on the devil and talks about monsters several times throughout the play. One instance being after he had concocted a plan to make Othello jealous with Cassio, saying “... Hell and night / Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light” (1.3.340–41). Iago calls upon the forces of evil, being Hell and night, to help him carry out his plan. While he knows that his actions are immoral, he embraces it fully by calling for evil forces to help in his plans to destroy Othello’s life.
The Captain’s monologue precisely states conditions of the battle and further goes into describing Macdonwald’s character to King Duncan. Shakespeare labels Macdonwald as a man of no integrity by using a metaphor, “Multiplying -villainies of nature - Do swarm upon him”, (1.2. 11-12). This literary device emphasizes the idea that all the evils found in nature are attracted to Macdonwald like flies to meat. (Mabillard, 2009) This expresses the imagery of maggots multiplying and flies swarming, which evokes a feeling of repugnance in the audience, as if Macdonwald is a mass of corruption.
This clearly shows the question, ‘What are the universal aspects of good and evil in all men?’ because of the quote’s representation of the “good” in man. In other words, Golding is answering a part of his question through the creation of scenes in the plot that represent the “good” in man. A piece of evidence that shows the evil in man in the Lord of the Flies is, “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.” (Golding 153). This shows the evil of man due to the clear violence and loss of reason/logic in this quote.
In the novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells, the abuse of power, the religious references and/or the pretending of God is shown from Moreau towards the beast people and it has influenced his thinking of how power and strength is used. Throughout the book, we see how Moreau’s power is abusive towards the beast people by the actions they do or the things they say. Dr. Moreau is a man that abuses his power wrongfully and in the end he had brought his own consequences upon himself. The beast people think he is a God because he created all of them, taught them how to walk, talk, eat, and do just about anything a human can do.
Therefore, making the king who protected by God suffer like how he's is his goal, he killed and fed on the King followers to revenge. To sum it up, Beowulf’s an amazing, brave warrior but to conclude the battle between the good and bad in this epic is not realistic and unfair, since Gendel is a tragically misunderstood outcast, who is forced and pushed to the limit of a human to become a evil
After this, another huge conflict was when Jack tried to take over leadership from Ralph. This created so much chaos because of what Jack's mindset was over Ralph. Ralph represents civilization, democracy, and living by rules, so when Jack, who is a dictator with an instinct for savagery and violence took command, things got ugly. "He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling." (Golding 64).
The poet describes Grendel as, “Malignant by nature, he never showed remorse” (137). In this sense, the poet claims that Grendel, by genetics and ancestry, has natural violent tendencies and couldn’t care less about his actions. Furthermore, Grendel also finds excitement in creating bloodbaths, as shown in the moments before his fight with Beowulf. “And his glee was demonic, / picturing the mayhem” (730-731). In this sense (keeping in mind of his ancestry and his mother), Grendel’s genes cause this type of mentality.
Panicked and distraught, the group splits and spirals into savagery. The conch is destroyed, along with organization and humanity, while the beast holds authority of the boys through fear. Lord of the Flies uses symbolism to show how an innocent society evolves into savagery. One of the most crucial pieces of symbolism is the conch. Ralph first found the
An example of this is "Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race, turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out, Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would Make war with mankind." (Act 2 S. 4 L. 15-20). The interpretation of this as if Shakespeare is delivering the message of how Lady Macbeth as well as Macbeth are minions or people of Duncan, even though as he says "Beauteous and swift” meaning that they are excellent in serving him and the people of the kingdom. Even though as Shakespeare changes this from naturento unnatural through “Turned wild in nature”, as he literally meant that they have strayed away from human nature, by betraying him and murdering Duncan to quench their thirst for the throne. So as the different examples of unnatural and natural appear through the play it allows the theme to develop so that the reader may interpret how the characters