When the boys crash-landed on the island they were mostly all innocent other than a few exceptions. The boy who the reader can see loses the most innocence is Jack. Jack is the choir leader and just wants more power, like a dictator. As the story goes on, the reader sees how Jack changes from an innocent choir boy to a pig obsessed ravenous killer. The point where the reader can see the most loss of innocence is when Jack and his hunters murdered the pig and smeared its blood on their faces.
Lastly “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in.” (Golding, 1954, p. 75). All three of these quotes really show the large change the boys have made on the island, they started out as one big group with many rules, they make a huge transformation between killing pigs and eventually killing people.
There are three main characters of the book: Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Jack is where the immorality on the island originates from, and it spreads to the other boys. Jack is very reckless and careless in his decisions. Ralph was the leader of the island, until Jack took control of the tribe and turned all of them into savages. Ralph was an image for the boys to follow but spoke Piggy’s words.
The first instance where the boys on the island are blinded by fear is when the most reasonable boy on the island (named Simon) is horrifically murdered during the night. Simon runs down from the top of the hill on the island to tell the other boys that the "beast" they have all been fearing was just a fallen parachuter caught in a tree. The boys do not hear Simon's call, as they are in the middle of a cult like dance around their fire.
Beast, devil, evil, corruption, the seven deadly sins, they all represent some form of evil within humankind. Lord of the Flies is the story of schoolboys that have crash landed on an unoccupied island, and go through many hardships as they fight for power and try to be saved. Throughout the story, however, they boys go from having a civilized structure to utter chaos, they struggle for their lives and grasp for survival from a darker creature on the island. Within chapter nine, Simon discovers the beast for what it really is; meanwhile Ralph and Piggy decide to join the other bigguns for a feast with Jack’s tribe. The boys play and dine, and circle together for a “dance” when Simon stumbles out of the forest to tell them of his discovery, and lands in the circle, which results in him being brutally beat to death.
In Lord of the Flies, the boys act out of fear and cruelty instead of showing heroism and nobility, thus displaying the weakness of the human heart when faced with extreme circumstances. All the fear the boys have is because they are alone on an island without any civilization. Along with the loneliness, the speculation of a terrifying beast leads to Jack – the oldest choir boy – becoming a savage. He does what he wants despite establishing rules and a leader at the start and turning the rest of the boys savage as well. His true savagery comes out when they kill Simon – a younger choir boy.
Roger’s Evolving Characterization In the novel, The Lord of the Flies, William Golding explains how civility can be lost when power is abused. Roger is one of the boys who is stranded on the island, and is isolated from the war raging outside their small world. At the beginning of the book, Roger was presented as a sly, secretive boy who displays cruelty towards the weak and vulnerable boys. While Jack has a thirst for the power to be in charge, Roger desires power because he likes the idea of hurting the boys around him. Once he joins Jack's tribe, he slowly turns into the hangman of the group by torturing Samneric until they join the tribe, preparing a stick to impale Ralph's head on and eventually causing Piggy's death.
This proves the beast which everyone is afraid of is just a disguise, and the boys should be afraid of each other, as man is inherently evil. The corruption and evil in the boys is shown by the Lord of the Flies. It shows us the boys savagery and their corruption by how brutally they killed the
In The Lord of the Flies, William Golding plays with the theme of halves, in order to describe the incomplete nature of humanity. At different points in the novel, Golding portrays the boys as being savages: half naked, eating half raw meat, killing and raping animals with their faces half painted, and hair tied up like animals. William Golding uses the half motif to describe the mix between savage, civilized, and the fine line between the two extremes. The unbalanced behavior of the young boys creates a segregated atmosphere and leads to chaos and ultimately death on the island.