[...] Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea[...] Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it has been killed. [...]sucking back again, the body of Piggy was gone.”(220-221). Violence within society stems from Golding's belief that violence is inherent within the human condition. Violence thrives due to its infectious nature, this example is all the more apparent throughout Goldings captivating novel. The violence created by the boys is a natural instinct that forms when people are upset or
At that point, the column of boys stride up the hill carrying a dead pig. Jack is with them and evidently pleased with himself. When they get to Ralph, Jack begins to jump up and down with excitement while Ralph remain silent and calculating (Golding 73). The juxtaposition of their moods is quite ironic in nature. Most of them are happy for killing the pig when, in fact, the killing of the pig resulted in the loss of the signal fire and a wasted opportunity to be rescued.
The point where the reader can see the most loss of innocence is when Jack and his hunters murdered the pig and smeared its blood on their faces. The painting of the faces hides their former selves and assists them in becoming savages. Later in the novel the boys put the pig's head on a stick as a sign of accomplishment and another boy, Simon, stumbles upon the pig head also known as “The Lord of The Flies” in a peaceful clearing and it starts talking to him. After Simon's conversation with the pigs head he stumbles back to the boys where they mistake him for “The Beast” and end up attacking him and eventually killing him. This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with.
“Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding). The chant that is sung after the death or the event of killing a pig is cruel and extremely violent. This is an example of a dehumanized since they are not chanting to thank the pig for its life, but the joy in killing it in cold blood. Throughout the story there are other examples of Ralph and the other living in a dehumanized state such as the death of Piggy. “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee ; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (181, Golding).
Body paragraph #3: Towards the end of this book you see the boys get comfortable or somewhat used to death and killing so much so when the large boulder or rock of some sort hits and kills piggy the boys just stare. They compare their friend piggy’s body to it looking like a pig 's dead body. One of the boys are talking about piggy 's dead body, “Piggy 's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig 's after it has been killed.” Pg. 165 These boys are so immune to death now it seems so normal to them. I used this quote to show you again that society needs to recognize that man is evil and capable of a lot of horrific things such
Yet Jack uses his assertiveness and authority over the pig’s meat and denies Piggy any meat. Jack uses prejudice against Piggy to gain popularity amongst the savages by sharing common dislike. Surprisingly, Piggy is also described in a way that makes it seem like he is also enforcing the idea of inferiority. Until Piggy introduces himself to the audience, he is referred to as “the fat boy”. Moreover, the novel begins by describing Piggy as, “shorter than the fair boy and very fat”.
Using this simile adds to the morbid and horrific description of Piggy’s tragic death. This shows loss of civilization and innocence because Piggy was killed by his own peers of the island. Murder destroys innocence, and the fact that the boys purposefully killed him using the boulder shows how far from civilization they have become. Another example of Golding’s use of similes is when Ralph sees the “Lord of the flies”. “He walked slowly into the middle of the clearing and looked steadily at the skull that gleamed as white as ever the conch had done and seemed to jeer at him cynically,”(185).
Piggy is murdered, but specifically “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee…” (pg. 181) The idea of having his head crushed is a clear metaphor that where the knowledge was once stored to keep the boys alive, is now gone. And then again, immediately following, the entirety of the set power roles are reversed, and Ralph then becomes the hunted and the newly defined savages take over and overthrow him and would’ve (if uninterrupted) killed him, showing the importance of knowledge in this type of scenario. Knowledge is the foundation for civilization and without it the “primal instincts” that everyone possesses kick in and their priorities then become skewed. Every primal need is based on the “appetite” they require, whether it be water, shelter, or food; which is what Jack feels is the most necessary to have throughout the book, whereas Ralph was focused more so on shelter and tactics for rescue, like keeping the fire going.
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.
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).
[…] Horrible germs and things […] eat ‘em, go home and die. In agony”. Due to his knowledge about germs, Willie gains status over Peter because he knows more about germs and how dangerous they are. Also, the pause before “In agony” is a scare tactic he uses against Peter. However, Peter ups Willie with “My dad controls hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of men”.
The beast is metaphoric of the crude feral nature within every human, though naturally more prominent in those who act on it willingly. Simon later encounters the Lord of the Flies (a pig’s head on a stick that Jack left as a sacrifice for the beast) who “speaks” to Simon while he is having a brain clot. The Lord of the Flies tells Simon that it is the beast, that it’s inside of everyone. “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!” (Page 143) it tells him, reminding Simon that to defeat the “beast”, or evil, within a person is impossible to physically accomplish. It’s as if everyone has a ticking time bomb of malevolence that is kept in check by our moral values and societal standards.