There are times when he discovers his own inner savage. He joins the hunt with Jack and rest of the group and becomes mesmerized over it, thinking, “hunting was good after all” (p162). He unleashes himself from the restraints of civilization and participates in the killing of Simon. He is, after all, just another innocent boy, a victim of the island. Nevertheless, he does remain as the last remnants of civilization until the ship arrives on the island.
Being on the island everyone is contsantly faced with the fear of the unknown the younger boys need someone to protect them from the fears on the island. Although nothing manages to scare the boys as much as the beastie does. When a little boy with a mullberry birthmark informs everyone that he has seen a beastie. The older boys emitiatly belive its his imagination but even later in the novel the boys start to question the exsitance of the beast. After the killing of simion, jack is belives ut was simon disguised as the beast, and that the beast is not dead.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of British schoolchildren are marooned on an isolated island, but the story soon takes a dark turn when the boys realize that there may be a beast on the island with them. The novel illustrates the need for civilization and the innate evil in humans; however, Simon is seemingly an exception to all of the rules that the author has set. He is in no way evil, and the purity of his soul is unparalleled in any other. Simon appears as a biblical, almost Christ-like figure among the savage and flawed population. His characterization has a immense impact on the story’s overall meaning and purpose, demonstrating many interesting themes that warrant further scrutiny.
In the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, one of the main characters, Jack, struggles to get along with Ralph, the leader of the group of boys on the island. Jack constantly challenges Ralph’s authority and only cares about hunting food for himself. Not only does Jack challenge Ralph’s authority, but he also decides to take the fire for himself without regarding anyone else. Rather than compromising with Ralph about who gets the fire, Jack takes it for himself. According to Freud’s Theory of Personality, Jack’s actions are motivated by his id as shown by his lack of caring about the rules and the other boys on the island.
He is the only one to not participate in the chanting of Jack’s tribe before the beast is killed. This shows that he in not touched by the savagery that infects the other boys. His basic sense of right and wrong is ingrained deeper than that of any other boy. When Jack knocks off piggy’s specs, Simon is noticeable distressed, and “Passions beat about Simon on the mountaintop with awful wings” (71). Simon’s morals are well cemented and he sees the actions that Jack takes against piggy wrong regardless of any previous relation with Jack.
He is willing to do anything to have a good time and won't let anything stand between him and fun. Jack represents the dark side of human nature with wanting total control in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Jack is the first to want rules on the island and was quick to put them out, but also the first to break them. Jack only lets the rules of the conch apply to his own advantage while everyone else must obey the rules. "I got the conch" said Piggy indignantly.
In the novel, these failures can be traced to the character of Jack. Jack’s transformation from a willing contributor in a democratic society to a fascist dictator can be seen through his obsession with hunting, his inability to follow the rules set by their society, and his manipulation of the tribe. In the beginning of the novel, Jack is a stable contributor to a newly created democratic society. After arriving on the island, he marches to the platform where the other boys on the island are holding a meeting. He
The repetition used throughout Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies develops Golding’s theme of how savagery is shrouded within civilization, by demonstrating the boys slow progression into monsters as they spend more time on the island. On page 118, the boys are dancing around in their hunting circle and repeatedly chanting “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!’” (Golding 118). 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.
Biblical Allusions in Lord of the Flies In the novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, he writes about the events and changes a large group of young British boys endure after being shot down and landing on a random island. With no parental guidance they learn to form their own society by making rules and to fend for themselves. Although the storyline sounds like any young boy’s dream the story takes a dark turn in which the author uses various techniques. Golding uses biblical allusions to important events, characters, and the island itself in the novel to keep the plot continuously moving and to keep to his theme that all men are inertially evil. In Chapters 5 through 7, the events after the rumor and discovery of the beast on the island, follows along with Revelation Chapter 13 very closely.
Piggy is the ‘brains’ of the island which turns into people not listening to him and focusing on what Ralph says. Throughout the story, the boys try to figure out ways to be rescued off of this dark and evil island. The boys are also constantly fighting a ‘beast,’ but the only beast on the island is fear itself. Jack also starts to slowly draw more and more boys from Ralphs influence into his tribe of hunting and adventurous activities indicating the forces of evil and darkness. Throughout Lord of the Flies, different symbols convey the fact that human nature is purely evil; therefore the boys should adopt a socialistic parliament to try and eradicate the force of evil.
In Ecclesiastes, it talks about how “God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions” (King James Bible, Ecc. 7.29). Although back in Simon’s time there was not technology, they still sought worldly pleasures over knowledge and wisdom. There is a big time difference, but there are still many similarities between both stories. Evil can be known in all times: “For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them”-****.
Ralph being voted as chief and Jack being head of the hunting team causes clashes of power and authority, resulting in the falling of the group. William Golding is showing that there are those who are given or earn power and there are those who take it. There are many boys that are now stranded on an island after a plane crash. Ralph, is a carefree preteen and also attractive. Ralph could care less about figuring out where he is, all he knows is that there are no adults around.
This is a main reason Jack is hated among the boys and Ralph is a more effective leader because the boys actually listen. "His mouth was tight and pale. He put back his hair very slowly.....He forced his feet to move until they carried him out onto the neck of the land" (Golding, 130). The boys go looking for the beast exploring parts of the island they have never been too, trusting in Ralph’s command. "I 'm chief," said Ralph, "because you chose me.
When he discovers the Lord of the Flies, it actually speaks to him, because the Lord of the Flies represents evil, while Simon represents holiness and good. The Lord of the Flies asks Simon “aren’t you afraid of me?” and instead of folding, Simon fights the evil, and shakes his head no (Golding 143). He can also see the corruption of his fellow peers, and the civilization leaving the group. Simon takes the beast as man, man that was once “heroic and sick” but is not corrupt and savage (Golding 103). Though his civilized and positive nature both make him valuable, his selfless actions really cement him as a necessary part of the
He particularly uses the fictional religion of Bokononism and again the quote “Call me Jonah….They called me John” to highlight the fallacy in the belief, following and creation of religion as well as the saving grace which religion possesses. The name of John may be intended to echo that of two Biblical prophets, John the Baptist and John of Patmos. The former foretold the coming of Christ and ended up dead for his troubles. The latter saw elaborate visions of the end of the world but did not truly understand them. The John of Cat’s Cradle is also a prophet of the latter type as he does not truly understand the end of the world.