‘Aren’t you afraid of me?...Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!’ said the head.” (Golding 143) This lead simon to fully understand the beast. But, when returning to tell the rest of the tribe, he gets mistaken as the
“Lord of the Flies”, written in 1954 by William Golding, is an allegory of real life events that were happening at the time. The fictional book is set during WWIII, when a plane with a bunch of boys crashes on an island. With no adults left alive, they are forced to fend for themselves; to find a way to survive without falling into the shadow of savagery. The novel ends in a war between the “savage” boys and Ralph, the only surviving civilized boy. William Golding’s depiction of the true evil in this world is conveyed to the reader through the idea of savagery and war.
Jack’s non-existent rules are a way for him and his tribe to pretend like they can hide behind a mask and take away the boys ability to function as members of a civil society. Towards the end of the story, the lack of laws take a toll on all the boys on the island: “The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like vapor. These painted savages would go further and further” (236). The breaking of the conch and the loss of two boys are prime examples as to why a society cannot function without rules. The rule of the conch was the first rule established by the assembly.
In LTF the boys struggle in deciding whether or not to become savage and wild or continue as a peaceful, orderly society. An example of the boys turning savage is the chant that Jack's hunters sing, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” Jack and his hunters chanting the beast's death chant. “Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding).
The monster was treated horribly by the people in the story. He was abused, called out, and uncared for most people. The monster responds with that negativity of the people into chaos which drives the monster killing people because he was uncared. The monster only committed the actions due to people judge him by appearance and behavior.
Why things are what they are?” As Simon begins to faint the beast says, “We are going to have fun on this island!” The lord of the flies admits to Simon he is inside all the boys, he is the savagery and the evil that has a hold on them. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could kill!” The more wild and deviant the children act the stronger and more real the beast becomes. The beast is seen as a threat to all the boys except Simon, who understands that the beast resides in the boys. Their fear of the beast formed a connection between them until Jack manipulated their fear to create two different groups to maintain power. Savagery is a primal instinct that exists within all humans and isn't something that can be
Piggy is murdered, but specifically “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee…” (pg. 181) The idea of having his head crushed is a clear metaphor that where the knowledge was once stored to keep the boys alive, is now gone. And then again, immediately following, the entirety of the set power roles are reversed, and Ralph then becomes the hunted and the newly defined savages take over and overthrow him and would’ve (if uninterrupted) killed him, showing the importance of knowledge in this type of scenario. Knowledge is the foundation for civilization and without it the “primal instincts” that everyone possesses kick in and their priorities then become skewed. Every primal need is based on the “appetite” they require, whether it be water, shelter, or food; which is what Jack feels is the most necessary to have throughout the book, whereas Ralph was focused more so on shelter and tactics for rescue, like keeping the fire going.
Based upon the boys actions in the novel such as, killing one another, sexual assault and abuse, and their animalistic behaviors, shows that savagery exists within all human beings. The most obvious reason to why the boys seem savage are the murders. The boys begin on the island well-behaved and innocent. As the novel progresses the littluns and biguns become bloodthirsty hunters which lead them onto murdering each other. This shows their loss of innocence and their own humanity.
Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, uses the pig’s head on a stick (Lord of the Flies) to symbolize the violent human nature that can be found buried in everyone, and how it can only be controlled if someone truly understands it. The Lord of the Flies itself stands as a symbol of the boys’ violent human nature. When this pig’s head is acquired, Jack’s tribe has already been separated. Their savage nature has already started to come out and by the time the sow is killed, their violence is in full swing. Golding uses imagery that makes the killing similar to a rape scene, such as when “Roger began to withdraw his spear and boys noticed it for the first time” and
Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective. The killing of Simon shows that the boy’s fear prevented from discovering the truth about the beast. Their fear was so powerful, that even the harmonic character of Simon and the truth that he bore were destroyed. If people become isolated from civilization, the beast inside of us can break the bonds from society and unleash evil within using the power of
This takes a turn for the worst when the boys end up killing Simon because they mistake him for the beast. Another symbol that Golding uses is a pig 's head. The pig 's head is symbolic of the inner beasts of men. As they (the boys) become more enthralled in the hunt and its bloodlust, they even begin to worship this beast, leaving it sacrifices, such as the sow 's head on a pike, as if it were a tribal god (Neighbors). This event occurred in front of Simon without the hunters ' knowledge.