After eating so much, the boys decide to have a “dance”, in which they find a creature crawling out of the forest, which happens to be Simon trying to tell them about the beast, and kill him out of pure savagery which has blinded them. “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood’” (Golding, 152) The boys, kill a friend they know and chant as though Simon was the beast, which they want to kill, but really the beast is the savagery inside of them. To regress into brutish beasts enough to kill one’s own friend is pure savagery.
This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with. At the end of the novel the boys end up trying to kill ralph due to his different ideas to get off the island. As Ralph fights back Golding writes, “in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped hair, Ralph wept for the end of innocence.” (202) Saying this the author shows ralphs softer side and
Golding uses this depiction of the savage attack on Simon, to imprint into the reader the sense of loss of reasoning, morals, and intelligence within the boys on the island. As the boys revert back to a neanderthal way of life, with no order or civilization to contain them. The storm washes away the remains of Simon, the following day Ralph realized what he was apart of. Ralph sets out to try to convince Jack’s tribe to join him once more, they are pushed away along with the groups last chance of civilization back on the
We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody” (36). Jack’s influence is once again shown in chapter 4, “ Then Maurice pretended to be the pig and ran squealing to the center and the hunters, circling still, pretended to beat him. As they danced, as they sang. ‘ Kill the pig. Cut her throat.
The Evil Within In The Lord of the Flies, Golding questions the innocence of man. When a few boys get stranded on an island Golding shows the effects that truly push man to the edge; however the contentious question of the root of their madness. The boys go through plenty from arriving on the island to finally escaping the darkness that the island has made them become. Many critics argue the source of the madness of the boys, whether it remained there forever or developed with an environment. Some argue that the boys were always mad but always restricted by an authoritative figure.
In LTF the boys struggle in deciding whether or not to become savage and wild or continue as a peaceful, orderly society. An example of the boys turning savage is the chant that Jack's hunters sing, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” Jack and his hunters chanting the beast's death chant. “Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding).
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. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys are plane wrecked on an uninhabited island and try to adapt to the changes in their lives by attempting to build a civilization. But as time goes on, that steadily crumbles and they slowly descend into savagery. Simon discovers the true identity of the beast; Ralph and the remaining bigguns join Jack 's tribe for a feast and a party. Simon is brutally murdered by the boys, having been confused for the beast.
Victor Hugo, a french author, once stated, “The mountains, the forest and the sea render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.” In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a group of boys crash land on an island and are left to a structureless society. The boys, at first, are capable of managing a just form of government, however, due to the fact that there are absolutely no adults on the island, they quickly stray from justice and overall peace. Jack is the origin of most of the conflicts on the island that lead to fear and death. He has absolutely no control over his obsessions and desires for blood and power. William golding uses Jack’s character as a symbol to convey the theme that when an individual strays away from what is known to be their civilized self and becomes an entirely different and savage human being, they tend to sacrifice innocence, morality and sanity Jacks evolution from an innocent and accomplished school boy to a bloodthirsty tyrant progresses at an incredible rate over the course of his
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.
The first murder is of Simon, “a blue-white scar was constant, the noise was unbearable. Simon was crying out something about a dead man on a hill. ‘Kill the beast! Cut his Throat! Spill his blood!’” (168) Jack’s tribe, overcome by their inner savagery, without thinking kill Simon thinking he’s the beast, this shows that the boys on the island have lost the part of civilization inside them.
However, the boys at the feast are still fearful of the fictitious beast and mistake Simon as it. Chanting “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”, the boys are psyched and begin to leap and strike, bite, and tear at the “beast”. Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective.
This takes a turn for the worst when the boys end up killing Simon because they mistake him for the beast. Another symbol that Golding uses is a pig 's head. The pig 's head is symbolic of the inner beasts of men. As they (the boys) become more enthralled in the hunt and its bloodlust, they even begin to worship this beast, leaving it sacrifices, such as the sow 's head on a pike, as if it were a tribal god (Neighbors). This event occurred in front of Simon without the hunters ' knowledge.
The Creature is so enraged that he saw a boy and decided to seize him. Luckily for him, it happened to be the brother of his enemy “Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy -- to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim” (Shelley 100). This death leads to the death of Justine, another life taken because of the Creatures actions. After Victor destroys the female companion that the Creature requested, The Creature kills Henry, Victors best friend.