How Does Golding Present The Savagery In Lord Of The Flies

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Zahraa Alomar Ansotegui Acc English 10 17 January 2018 The Beast Within Ourselves William Golding, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, in his 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies, postulates that the frightening, but realistic story of mankind leaves everyone pondering. Golding deliberately uses the “beast” to illustrate evil and its existence in everyone: mankind 's dark side into savagery. His purpose is to make his readers aware of the immorality of human nature in order to help us examine the savagery that is dug deep in every human. Golding juxtaposes the leadership and personality that Jack attains with Simon 's hallucinations to portray the evil of humanity 's disastrous heart— that the schoolboys mention to as "the beast." Golding utilizes…show more content…
In the beginning of the book, the choir was described as "the creature was a party of boys, marching"(19). This portrays the choirboys as the beast and foreshadows that this group will eventually turn into a dark creature. Jack skillfully utilizes the beast to exploit the other boys by making the beast as his tribe’s everyday rivalry, idol, and a structure of beliefs all in one. Jack uses different features of the beast depending on what outcome he is trying to attain. The usage of the boys’ fright of the beast helps justify Jack’s oppressive rule of the boys and the savagery he makes. 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. His desire for strength and command provokes him to support and commit severe acts against other people — a veracious count of his
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