In an atmosphere where the beast is real, policies and human morals lose their values and become utterly useless. The democracy that Ralph initiated disappears and yields to a chaotic dictatorship, with Jack at the head, which represents evil and the beast viewed as both a dread and a symbol of worship and reverence. The boys’ increasing allegiance to the existence of the monster is demonstrated in their impalement of the sow’s head on the stake given as an offering to the beast. Thus, Jack slowly gains power and authority by feeding on the islanders’ consternation. As the story evolves, the children’s dread of the beast increases.
Stages of the Beast An imaginary evil is destructive to one’s mental and physical self. Lord of the Flies portrays the beast, as an imaginary evil. The beast is exhibited in how the boys interact and react to the circumstances they find themselves in on the island. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, the symbol of the beast is relevant throughout in Golding’s use of fear, violence and control. To begin, a physical beast is thought to be on the island with the boys but is the manifestation of fear.
The face paint makes it impossible for anyone to read Jack’s feelings because it “blocks” out his facial expressions. Jack now dresses like a savage and is naked to the waist, contrasting from when the boys first arrived onto the island. The face paint gives him the freedom to do so by blocking out his face from others. With that confidence Jack has the opportunity to do things he wasn’t able to do previously. He hits Wilson because he is now free of insecurities and is now able to do things without the others judging him.
How Savagery Takes Over George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” William Golding demonstrates that every person has savagery inside of him in his novel, Lord of the Flies. In this novel, Golding shows us that civilization is lost and savagery begins when the urge to kill takes hold of us. William Golding’s character development of Jack and motif of weapons help develop his point. As Jack’s moral character deteriorates, it brings his savagery to the surface, allowing the remnants of civilization to be forgotten.
Without him, Ralph can’t battle against savagery and the book’s theme of civilization vs. savagery would not be the same. As tension rose between the two, Golding clearly features Jack as dangerous when he writes, “The words came from Jack viciously, as though they were a curse. He looked at Ralph, his thin body tensed, his spear held as if he threatened him” (Golding 119). Jack’s threatening motion causes Ralph to sense Jack’s danger and his transformation to savagery. After Jack’s intentional killing of Piggy, he responds violently, “‘...That’s what you’ll get!
While Golding uses MASKs both physically and symbolically in order to illustrate the concept of instinct SAVAGEry in MAN, Robinson relates the use of MASKs by society to conceal their flaws. “Richard Cory” and Lord Of the Flies utilize the idea of MASKs symbolically in order to commentate on the mosaic of mortal MAN and its plethora of pitfalls. MASKs in Lord Of the Flies operate as a catalyst for SAVAGE evolutionary instincts to MANifest themselves in Jack’s hunters. As blood spills, the pillars of civility and learned decency of British society crumble, and the boys fall into a blind rage of bloodlust. The group is aware of this sharp plunge into barbarity, as stated in the text, “They understood only too well the liberation into SAVAGEry that the concealing paint brought,” (Golding 172).
The novel the ‘Lord of the Flies’, by William Golding has a main theme that touches on the human condition – ‘the struggle between civilisation and savagery’. Golding advances in his writing techniques, showing symbolism and characterisation throughout. Golding chose to create a ‘Beast’ that would soon cause an emotional ‘rip’ between the boys. This beast is a symbol for the evil and the malice that resides within the children. Characterisation is shown with Ralph displaying different concepts like leadership and order, Piggy, intelligence and reason, Simon kindness and Jack, savagery.
Their use of force and incessant jeering about murdering the beast is important in exhibiting how the boys have, for the time being, forgotten their fear and have focussed solely on fulfilling the urge to kill that has risen up inside of them. The chant is very critical in understanding how the boys have changed since they have
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Russian novelist and historian once said,”The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” In William Golding’s novel Lord of the flies, Jack, the supposedly good former choirmaster and student leader, is a representative of evil and violence when tempted by savagery and greed. Jack has the major authority and develops a higher status compared to other characters in the novel. He is a born leader who carries out his concerns over various problems, however the abusive use of power leads him towards the evil path. Golding has effectively used figurative devices such as a beast metaphor, colour symbolism , controlling tone, imagery of Jack’s appearance and environment to demonstrate his desire of power and devolving character. Golding characterises Jack as the primary representation of the instinct of violence through the use of a beast metaphor.
The snake represents the symbol for fear but in reality there is no snake present. The story Lord of the Flies is a good representation of how people and especially young people can influence each other in many ways. This can either be positive or negative. In this case it has turned out negative as the boys have constantly tried to seek power and use fear as a tool to get that desperately wanted power. William Golding paints a very harsh picture of humanity.