At this point in the book the inherent violence that has been building up through the whole story because of anger and fear takes over and they kill Simon. This shows how humans are inherently violent and without rules in place violence creates a society so defective that it drives people to kill their friends. Another example of violence creating a dysfunctional society in Lord of the Flies is when Jack and the hunters let the fire out to go kill their first pig. “I cut the pig’s throat,” said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it. “Can I borrow yours, Ralph, to make a nick in the hilt?” The boys chattered and danced.
Both the Beast and the ‘Lord of the Flies’ are symbols representing the same thing – a manifestation for the evil and darkness within the children. The Beast began as a figure in water and then became the “Beast from air”. Jack’s group of savage hunters made an offering to the Beast in the form of the Lord of the Flies – a pig’s head on spike. By the boys proceeding to do this, it shows how savage they were beginning to get – for not only making an imaginary ‘thing’ an offering but for killing a pig and placing its head on a spike, showing their vindictive, mutilative traits developing.
Unlike before, this scene conveys that Jack and the boys in his tribe are capable of killing and committing brutal acts. While Jack hesitates to kill a pig at the beginning of the book because of his fears of blood and death, he eventually becomes obsessed with hunting and violence, killing a sow by vigorously “stabbing downward with his knife” and slitting the sow’s throat. Additionally, Golding reveals that even
Ralph, alone and afraid. Is a victim of Mob mentality. The other boys, in fear of the beast, have all sided with Jack, ganging up against Ralph to kill him. Mob mentality is everywhere in Lord of the Flies, and some of the most memorable moments are the most obvious examples of Mob Mentality. Mob mentality is portrayed many time throughout Lord of the Flies, for example, when Ralph is hunted, Simon is killed, or the choir follows Jack when he leaves the group.
His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book. “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” This quotation, also from Chapter 4, explores Jack’s mental state in the aftermath of killing his first pig, another milestone in the boys’ decline into savage behavior.
They are in a fury of wild chanting and bloodlust, and imagine Simon as the beast, soon "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws."(153). Eventually Simon is murdered by the outraged crowd. After Simon’s death, Jack sends his hunters to grab Piggy’s glasses in order to light fire, and that breaks the tension between Ralph and Jack, finally resulting in Piggy’s death. At this point, Jack transforms into a blood-thirsty killer and targets Ralph. The twins reveals Jack’s plan to Ralph and say: “‘the chief and Roger－’ ‘－yes, Roger－’ ‘They hate you, Ralph.
When Simon goes to warn the boys about the beast, he is killed by them all. The true savagery and civilization are in the boys, all of them. The beast says that it is within the boys, and it warns Simon if he went to the other boys it will be there. It was not lying as it was there, and it killed him. The savage and civilized boys are the beats themselves they have all been scared, they did what a beast would do, which is attack and
With all their similarties, Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game prove that people can behave like animals and savages when it comes to survival.The human nature example in the Lord of the Flies would be the boys killing Simon, the boys behaved pretty savage because they thought Simon was the beast. On the other hand, Rainsford had to kill General Zaroff to save himself from being killed by the General. The theory being made is that individuals do whatever is necessary to survive, because in Lord of the Flies Jack had to do what he felt was right in a savage way to survive. In The Most Dangerous Game character Rainsford also had to kill the General in order to survive. In the end, these stories prove that human beings need to do whatever is necessary to keep their lives from being in
Another example would be Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies, and his realization that the beast is the darkness corrupting the boys souls. The paint masks that the boys wear are also what released the darkness within the boys and let it control them. Therefore throughout the entirety of the novel, William Golding has shown multiple examples, to prove that evil is intrinsic to humans and how easily consume a person. The awakening of Jack Merridew’s intrinsic evil, is the cause of his bloodlust and obsession to hunt. Jack’s lust for the hunt first started when he had failed to kill a pig during the island expedition, and after the pig ran away, out of anger, Jack stated fiercely that “next time there would
Conflict The conflict between the main character and the criminals unveils the injustice and the cruelty of the world that affects all people no matter how strong their love is. Brandon Lee’s character, Eric, comes back from the dead to put an end to the chin of unpunished violent actions of the gang. His vengeance