With the outbreak of World War II in Europe, a group of British schoolboys decide to leave their homes and board a plane to safely evacuate the area. Unfortunately, their plane is shot down. The young boys become stranded on an uninhabited island with a “tangible” fear of a “beast.” This fear distracts the boys from their main priority of building a signal fire in hopes of being rescued from the island. The existence of the “beast” allows the boys to obsess with killing this creature and increases their level of savagery. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the decline of civilization in their society leads Jack, Roger, and the hunters to develop an inner savage and a willingness to kill.
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Roger is a follower of Jack, who has become “dark” or distant from all rules of civilization. Roger has no mercy and is ruthless to perform any act of torture or harm towards others. In one instance, Roger is throwing rocks at a littlun named Henry. “Roger stooped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry-- threw it to miss” (47). This quote shows that Roger is trying to harm or scare Henry. Roger’s arm is still conditioned by civilization, but it is just a matter of time before Roger kills. The boy’s society is now divided into two main groups: Jack’s tribe vs Ralph’s tribe. In the middle of the night, Jack’s tribe ransacks Ralph’s tribe and steals Piggy’s glasses. They use the lenses from Piggy’s glasses to reflect the sun’s rays to build a fire. Ralph and Piggy are furious when they discover the missing glasses and decide to visit Jack’s tribe to demand the return of Piggy glasses. Jack’s tribe refuses to return Piggy’s glasses, and as a result, a fight ensues, killing Piggy. While this fight is occurring, Roger is watching like a hawk in his perch waiting for his prey, Piggy. “High overhead, Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (141). Roger notices the powerless Piggy is standing beneath him and leans his weight on the lever, triggering the release of a giant boulder. Roger is now a murderer and is seen as a true savage. Roger is the only boy in …show more content…
Jack brainwashes the boys into thinking that hunting and killing are the most important priorities in their society. Eventually, the boys become crazed and obsessed with this idea. After the boys kill a pig or become excited, they begin to chant “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood!” (52). When the boys chant these words, they are unified and extremely dangerous. The boys begin this chant once again and become so absorbed in their fear of the “beast” that they end up killing Simon. Simon is a “Christlike” figure who is trying to tell the boys that the “beast” does not exist, rather it is an internal evil within them. “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” (118). The hunters tear the “beast” apart forgetting their civilized values and morals. Later in the book, the hunters are hurling their spears at the fleeing Ralph. “The tribe, screaming now like the chief, began to advance. Another spear, a bent one that would not fly straight, went past his face and one fell from on high where Roger was” (142). In the beginning of the book, Jack’s tribe is called the choir boys. As the book progresses, they are given the new title of “hunters”. The last name this tribe is given are the savages. This progression shows how these young boys turn
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What would life be without evil in the world? Many optimists believe there is an inherent goodness gifted to all people at birth and fundamentally embedded in us that dictates our actions, but the reality is exactly the contrary. People are evil, not because of a desire or choice but out of absolute necessity on account of none of the things we enjoy today would be available or even invented without some evil. Evil, within limitations and with restrictions, is productive for a group of people. Society, with all its art, culture, music, and glory, was created because there was evil present and now works to destroy its very creator through police departments and social initiatives.
So far the worst thing Roger has done is torture a pig, but he soon will take it up a notch and make his biggest act of cruelty: murder. In the middle of a stand off, Roger, “...[leans with] all his weight on the lever. … The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee…” (180-181) By committing murder, Roger has completed a heartless act, making him the most savage person on the island and revealing how his morals are wrong.
Diana Montes Mrs. Lawrence CompLit 2 P.5 10/8/15 Jack Merridew Being stranded on an island with a group of children the same age as you or younger; one regretful situation would be allowing the mean kid to slowly lose control and not do anything about it. What is worse is letting him gain a majority of the power and letting him cause chaos. In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, Jack Merridew is allowed exactly that. His slow descent into savagery is foreshadowed early in the book. Jack changes from a figure of civilization to a savage dictator because of no rules or adults and he challenges civilization by fighting Ralph with savagery winning in the end.
(Golding 4) This shows that Roger demonstrates his desire to abandon civility for savagery. Later on in the book he turns more into an inhuman person because he ends up dropping a big rock and piggy and kills him. It states that “Roger, with a sense of
"Ralph launched himself like a cat, stabbing, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up." The Lord of the Flies by William Golding presents this character, Ralph, as trying very hard to fend for himself, even if it isn't in a conventional, civilized way. As shown in this example, people have been known to go to great lengths and to do things they would not ordinarily do to survive. For instance, Jack, a main character in the story, attacked another human, brutally and violently hunted an animal, and murdered a living, breathing person he was acquaintances with.
The Final Vote “Ralph I think that we should have a meeting” said Piggy. “We need to talk about what happened to Simon and we need to decide once and for all who is going to be chief.” [Ralph looks at Piggy with an expression of deep thought] “I agree, but I don’t know what to say.” “I do Ralph, I’ll do all the talking.”
Killing their first pig was a start to the end of jack and the boys innocence. Jack and his group were in the woods hunting for food. “the spear moved forward inch by inch and the terrified squealing became a high-pitched scream. Then Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands. The sow collapsed under them” (pg 192) this quote from the book was depicted as a very gruesome killing.
It is shocking how quickly people can change from being good to becoming savages. In Lord of the Flies, a plane crashed and some schoolboys got stranded on an island where they have to survive on their own but end up failing and become savages. Chapter 9 concluded with having Simon go out to find the beast and discovers there is no beast; on his way back everybody is dancing in the rain and eating meat, but when they see this figure coming down, they think it’s the beast so they end up killing the beast, which was actually Simon. From the events above, they connect to the theme because fear got inside of them once they saw a dark figure and turned them into bloodthirsty savages.
In the novel Lord of the Flies, it is obvious that the character Jack is the savage compared to all the other boys on the island. Jack is the cause of all the arguments and death that will later occur on the island. Many of the boys on the island are scared of Jack when he acts cruel and selfish. This makes them join his group, so they don't have to worry about getting hurt. During a group meeting Jack says “We shall take fire from the others,” (Golding 161).
He was chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses.” After the vicious attack on Ralph’s group, Jack led his tribe and ‘exulted in his achievement’ and dangled Piggy’s broken glasses beside him. This indicated just how far from their former civilization they had gone.
The collective fear of the unknown leads to the untimely and accidental death of Simon. The distress present in the boys causes their impulsive action, of Simon’s horrific murder. Fear of “the beast” an imaginary creature causes the boys to act irrational, and provokes survival instincts as a result of life threatening terror. The fear of the boys in this moment is epitomized when they chant, “Kill the beast!, Cut his throat, Spill his blood!” (168).
This scene was foreshadowed earlier on in the story when Roger was throwing rocks at the littleuns but he purposely didn’t hit them, because he knew it wasn’t right. But as the story progressed Roger becomes Jacks sidekick and his internal evil begins to reveal itself. Golding said, “Roger led the way straight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen stones.” (60) This shows that Roger is trying to destroy anything that is good on the island. At first Piggy's death may have seemed like an accident to some but Golding wrote, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (180), proving that this was not an accident.
As Jack’s moral character deteriorates, it brings his savagery to the surface, allowing the remnants of civilization to be forgotten. In the beginning of the novel, a group of young boys find themselves alone, without any adults, on an island after
1. The fall of man on the uninhabited, peaceful, and pure island represents how man is inevitably entropic and anthropocentric. Man is centered on humankind being the most important element of existence which is a threat to the surrounding nature. Jack and his team symbolize the arrogance of man and "mankind 's essential illness," which is the evil inside of us. Hence the creation of anarchy where the boys have the temptation to conquer everything.
(Golding, 77). Although the boys laugh at Simon’s idea, his belief conforms Golding’s idea that inner evil exists. The boys develop into the beast when they kill Simon. Simon was desperate to explain the unidentified creature on the mountain but the boys weren’t in the mood for listening to him. With his brutal murder by the other boys, chaos takes over civilized order on the island.