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.
When Jack killed a pig, he tortured it by cutting it open, and cutting its head off. Being the sick and twisted person he is, he decides that it will be a sacrifice for the “Beastie”. We now know that the Beastie does not exist, but this was more than a sacrifice. It was a symbol to show that the boys have completely lost their civilized part of them, and they are now being true ‘savages’, and becoming more and more evil by the minute. In the book Lord of the Files, there are many signs of symbolism in the book.
Another act of savagery is that he raid Ralph’s shelter in the company of a couple of his savages and snatches away Piggy’s spectacles. Subsequently when Piggy insists on getting his spectacles back, Roger kills Piggy with a rock. The deaths of both Simon and Piggy are thus attributable to Jack’s brutality which is due to the great change that has come over Jack during the period of his stay on the island. When Ralph has fled to save his life, Jack orders a thorough search for Ralph. He gets a stick sharpened at both ends, evidently to torture Ralph to death after Ralph has been seized.
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. Since these boys have been out of civilization for so long they don’t understand the severity of murder and they do not even realize that they did murder
The corporal uses the rebels as a way to control the children 's emotions and use them for himself. He makes Ishmael’s desire start to transition towards creating destruction. Later, Ishmael and his friend’s enter into the battlefield. During this time, Ishmael kills his first victim and his desire completely turns into killing sprees. “I raised my gun and pulled the trigger, and I killed a man.” “Every time I stopped shooting to change magazines and saw my two young lifeless friends, I angrily pointed my gun into the swamp and killed more people”(Beah, 118).
How Savagery Takes Over George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” William Golding demonstrates that every person has savagery inside of him in his novel, Lord of the Flies. In this novel, Golding shows us that civilization is lost and savagery begins when the urge to kill takes hold of us. William Golding’s character development of Jack and motif of weapons help develop his point. As Jack’s moral character deteriorates, it brings his savagery to the surface, allowing the remnants of civilization to be forgotten.
Ironically, the children in their deranged mental state believed Simon to be the “beast,” even though they were the ones who “stuck” and “tore” him to pieces. “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, lept on the beast [Simon], screamed, struck, bit, tore,” (Doc. F). Their savagery is also demonstrated by their near-vile chant, “‘Kill the beast! Cut his throat!
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.
In both novels the characters fear both the unknown, and a godly figure. The Waknuk fear the mutated people because they are different, in other words, the unknown. The case is the same for the boys in “The Lord of the Flies”. This fear of the unknown is shown in “The Lord of the flies” when Simon comes in and they think he’s a monster so they beat him to death. At this time the boys did not know that it was Simon, they simply beat him because they were afraid and they assumed it was a monster.
When morals no longer apply, the savage heart appears. When the boys are in their enraged frenzy they chant ‘Kill the beast, slice his throat, spill his blood’. When they hear a rustling in the woods they quickly attack the being by tearing it apart with their bear hands and biting at it with their mouths. They did not realize that this was actually Simon and during the comotion Simon accidentally trips and falls over a cliff to his death. This leads to anarchy and can relate to our society as war, greed and fear.