As the conches color fades, so does everyone's humanity(Golding 78). Slowly but surely, the group splits. Jack, whom now believes the beast is real, surrounds his group in the beast’s ideals and engulfs them in savagery. His barbarian group killed a mother pig, severed its head, and mounted it on a stick as a sacrifice(Golding 136). To them, the beast was a religion and seemed to bring out mankind's essential illness rather than create evil.
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.
The Darkness That Skulks Inside The Soul Each and every person holds a savagery inside them, and once unleashed everything that is known by society to be moral is cast aside, instead they rely solely on impulses of a dark intent. Something that displays this idea perfectly would be the use of symbolism in the novel The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and in particular the symbol the “beastie”. In this book a group of young british boys crash land onto an island with no adults around to look out for them. Over the course of their time on the island, fears due to the beastie as well as a harsh environment, lack of civilization, and absolute freedom adds more chaos to an already chaotic situation. Things quickly start to fall apart on the island because of this, and eventually the once civil boys turn on each other leaving two dead and an island in flames.
The instincts of young boys takes over the boys minds through the symbolism of the beast. Their minds have been completely taken over by fear, a need for protection and the need to kill. The boys have become almost pure animal. The boys succumbed to their instincts when they killed simon, chanting a death song. While the boys give into their instincts and believe that they are fighting a monster and are doing what is good.
Rituals in Lord of the Flies The slogan “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” are chanted by the boys in William Golding’s novel Lord of the flies, while they decide to hunt after the ritual or do the ceremonial dance. The rituals are one of the most important elements in the story that had considerable influence on the establishment and disruption of boys’ group, and led to Simon’s death. Golding presents rituals represent different stuff under the dissimilar situations.
Every man has a beast inside of him, lacking knowledge or not accepting the beast within him will be his downfall. The beast is the most important symbol, plays a major role, and gains importance throughout Golding's Lord of the Flies. In the book the beast is used to represent the potential evil, fear of isolation, and primal savagery. Once character that sheds light of the beasties symbolism, as potential evil, is Palph. After Jack stole Piggy's glasses Ralph goes up to Jack's fortress and screams at him.
“The beast is the hunter.” (126) Jack said this when they were wondering what the beast was. In reality, the hunter was the beast. The hunters, aka the boys, were taking off their masks when they hunted, thus releasing their inner beast. Jack knew this, but he didn’t want the others to realize it either. When Simon was dehydrated and walking through the island after the pig hunt, he saw and heard the Lord of the Flies in the sow’s head.
Why things are what they are?” (143). This quote suggests that the beast is inside in each of the boys. Also, when Simon was about to tell the boys the epiphany he experienced, the boys thought he was the beast and killed him. This tragic occurrence manifests how the beast is
Human Cruelty In “The Lord of the Flies” we learned how cruel human beings can actually be. Then we were asked if the boys’ cruel and savage behavior was based on emotional development or the environment they were in. My opinion was that this behavior was based on the environment. In this story, school boys are being sent away from their homes to escape harm of the war zone. The plane they are in is shot down and crash lands on a mysterious island.
Baker also mentions “The dripping head is an image of the hunters savagery”. This quote shows how the brutal killing of the sow directly relates to the hunters savagery, their cruel nature of slowly killing the beast and laughing and enjoying it. They don’t mean to kill this animal to survive but rather enjoy having blood on their hands. Lastly, when Simon discovers the head in the forest and has “a talk” with it, the Lord of the Flies mentions “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill… You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you” (Golding 147-148) 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.