He makes the beast like a type of god in order to spark the groups’ bloodlust and form a cult like perspective regarding the hunt. The boys’ faith in the beast creates a religious undertone in Lord of the Flies, since the boys’ numerous nightmares on the beast ultimately undertakes the formation of a solitary creature that they all fear and believe. Jack’s group harness this faith of the nightmare, by leaving the pig’s head on a stick as a gift and an offering to the beast. The skull symbolizes a type of religious object with phenomenal intellectual power, urging the boys to forsake their need for civilization and structure and fall into their savage and ferocious impulses. Jack gives a clearer perception of the beast when he states that "the beast is a hunter"(126), unintentionally connecting the issue with himself.
Jack doesn’t say this himself, but it’s the idea. The idea, or the fact that Jack intentionally wants to behead Ralph and put his head on a pike shows that Jack has sunk to the bottom of a deep hole. A deep hole of evil, and savagery that he cannot escape from. Therefore, Jack is a symbol of evil, cruelty, and savagery. William Golding’s timeless classic, The Lord of the Flies, uses symbolism all throughout the novel.
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.
Golding speaks of the circumstances that cause fierce behavior. Chaos, fear, and the corruption of power breed savagery. Without these components, savagery can not flourish. The first contribution to violent behavior is chaos, providing desperation during a time or event. Desperation causes people do things they would usually not do.
It is evident that the characters are children due to the immature actions they showed and absurd notion they conceived. However, even though they are youthful and inexperienced boys, some of them desire and have the ability to kill, specifically Roger. On chapter 11, page 180, it stated, “Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever”. This passage of the novel reveals the ruthless behaviour of Roger that eventually lead to Piggy’s death. It also manifests the point that evil is not only applicable for adults, but for children as well.
Inherent Evil or the Sinful nature of Human Lord of the Flies is a book that is written by Golding and it is used to construct the idea of the inherent evil of human nature. Is human Inherently Evil/human nature is Sinful or human are good in personality. For judging this statement the writer Golding use the symbolism of Simon, Ralph, the Hunt and the Island. As the story has move on, Golding describe that the instinctual evil within man is inescapable as he mention, “The Lord the Flies was expanding like a balloon”(Pg.130).
Due to Jack’s increasing obsession with hunting pigs, his clear dislike for anyone who disagrees with his thoughts and the fact that he is slowly gaining more support from the other boys, leads me to believe the novel will end with Jack murdering Piggy, symbolizing complete detachment from morality since Piggy symbolizes civil thought. If I were to rewrite this conclusion I would have Jack realize the importance of order, make a compromise with Ralph, and peacefully have the group rescued from the island. In my opinion, Ralph is the one of most compelling characters in this novel. Although Ralph symbolizes order and civilization during certain points of the book he struggles to overcome savage desires. Despite being angry with Jack for letting the fire go out, when Jack and his hunters tell the rest of the group about their hunt Ralph sits quietly and is filled with envy.
Portrayed as an inhumanly and malevolent being when in reality the desire for social interaction burns within his nature but is cut off due to an agoraphobic state, Boo Radley is conflicted in terms of reaching out and socializing with his neighbors Scout and Jem Finch. This can be concluded throughout Part One of, “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Boo demonstrates forms of communication and the urge for interaction. These acts consist of Boo stabbing his father, the displacement of tree treats, and the blanket he set on Scout. Each of these help to develop an idea that he’s become exhausted of being cooped up indoors and instead wants to break free from this restraint. Thus, in Harper Lee’s, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Boo yearns for social interaction with the Finch children.