However, it also shows that although Jack is becoming a savage he still has civilization in him. This is demonstrated when Golding uses the word “shuddering” because although Jack was laughing he seemed uncomfortable and frightened. This shows that Jack has not lost himself completely because he still has trouble killing others without feeling guilty or sick. Finally, when Jack says “ You should have seen it” he is really trying to influence Ralph and the boys to brutally kill the animals on the island. This encourages the rest of the boys to become hunters since they too want to feel the sense of power that Jack appears to have.
Initially, the beast represented fear. According to “The Terrors of the Unknown” (Doc. A), “They externalize these fears into the figure of a beast”. “They” would be referring to the boys stranded on the island. The unfortunate boys are left without a motherly figure when times got fearful.
As it is known, a beast is frequently associated with fear. As the English boys are on the island that they have run away to, it is shown that they encounter things that petrify them. Found in Document A is that the boys externalize their fears into the figure of a beast. Also stated in Document A, is that a mother’s job is to “dispel the terrors of the unknown”. In other words,
The possibility of such a creature existing on the island appeared to be over the top, yet the young men couldn 't get the it out of their heads. Simon comes to understand that the mammoth is not a monster by any means, but rather a dead human. This symbolizes that they don 't have anything to fear but fear itself. They shouldn 't be afraid of some underhanded beast, only themsleves. The main monster that exists
His character provided knowledge throughout the whole book, although he is often ridiculed and ignored his insight helps the boys with their survival. "His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. '…'the body of Piggy was gone [after the wave carried it away]" (Golding 201), Piggy's head being crushed open symbolizes intelligence being destroyed and the quick disappearance of his body could represent the instant takeover of savagery. Ralph is alone leaving only savages on the island. These vicious boys ignore morals which only lead further into their
A sagacious man once declaimed, “Fear is not real. It is the product of thoughts that a person creates. Danger is exceedingly real, but fear is a choice.” The astounding book, “The Lord of the Flies,” tells a tale about the survival of a group of young boys whose plane is shot down and they are forced to survive without guidance from adults. Learning to speculate for themselves and survive in makeshift ways coerces the boys to ask themselves whether or not they are humans, animals, or simply savages. Living on the island alone turns out to not be as marvelous as the boys had at first deliberated.
D), there was a “sign… from the world of grown ups… A parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs… When the breeze blew… the figure seemed to peer across the brow of the mountain.” The boys see this figure, consequently believing it to be the mythical “beast”. The corpse serves as a clever representation of the war, and how their fear stems from the terror held for it in both the boys and Golding
His view on human nature is pessimistic and cynical. All humans are born with a dark, savage side that society and civilization pushed down, and the only way to resist this evil side is to confront yourself. Everyone has a savage side to them, but some people give in to this side easier than others. In the novel there is the protagonist Ralph and the antagonist, Jack. On pages 48 and 49, the chapter opens to Jack attempting to be a hunter.
During a meeting in Chapter 5, the boys consider the question of the Beast. They argue over where the beast comes from, what it is, and what it can do. While all the boys are bickering, Simon grabs the conch and says, “”What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.” (Golding 126) Simon is proposing something that the others boys have never thought about, that perhaps the beast is only themselves. Although the boys laugh at his suggestion, this proves Golding’s point that innate human evil and savagery exists. Simon is furthering his thinking and sees the Beast as a component of human nature instead of an external force, revealing the evil that is throbbing inside the boys.
At first, the civilization is still intact with boys but as the novel progresses on, the boys develop a savage trait and their sense of civilization begins to dissipate. Jack and Ralph’s opposite mindsets are shown in the novel like the right to speak during meeting, when the group hunts pigs, the struggle over Piggy’s glasses, and finally with Simon’s death. Jack felt that without rules, a person is free to do whatever he desires, which exposes their true nature and it is almost if he does not know the difference between rights and wrong. Savagery and civilization is the common theme for the novel and as these two strong forces clash so do the boys. Ralph’s attempt to civilized the island is overtaken by the savagery that Jack holds.
When the beast terror was brought up, Piggy immediately turned the assumption down knowing a beast was not a scientific idea. “Life is scientific…. I know there isn’t no beast (Golding 82)!” He seconds Ralphs notions that a beast could not survive on an island this small. Using rational solutions, Piggy says it just doesn’t make sense to have a beast or ghosts on the island. Because he uses scientific views on how to be adults and to make sense of the beasts, Piggy is the voice of reason on the