Psychological Allegory In Lord Of The Flies

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Numerous children are stranded on an island due to a plane crash and are fighting to stay alive and be rescued. In the following paragraphs, it's explained how Jacks savage ways and oblivious mind set creates his disbelieving behavior as to why he doesn't care about being rescued. In The Lord Of The Flies, William Golding creates a psychological allegory through the development of Jack character and the symbolism of fire to uncover the fact that as people disregard logic and their needs in order to survive, they become barbaric. Firstly, Jack doesn't care about the rescue signal fire going out. Ralph mumbled, "They let the body fire go out" (Golding, 68). Sam and Eric were supposed to watch the fire and instead, they went to go hunt a pig with Jack. Doing this, the fire had burnt out and there was no smoke signal left. Ralph was upset because no fire meant no rescue, Jack …show more content…

When Ralph and his people were being attacked, "Two figures rushed at the fire and he prepared to defend himself but they grabbed half-burnt branches and raced away along the beach" (Golding, 140). Jack's tribe cannot make fire without the help of Piggy's glasses, so they run to Ralph's camp and steal some of their fire. They are eating not because they are hungry, but because they killed a pig. The boys are completely oblivious to the fact that fire is their only hope of rescue and their using it for fun and hunting. A little bit after Jack and his people invade Ralph's camp out he exclaimed, "We hunt and feast and have fun" (Golding, 140). Jack wants people to leave Ralph's tribe and join his. He bribes them by saying they're fun and also enjoying a feast from a recent kill. To him it is all about the killing and the hunting, not about being saved anymore. Not once does he mention his group trying to get rescued or doing anything to help survive. He has lost sight of his humanity and is thinking

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