He then becomes “inarticulate to express mankind’s essential illness.” These statements are a much more direct remark on the savagery of man that is the beast. Much later in chapter 9 (Doc. F), the hunters form a tribe under Jack and perform a ritual dance. They find what they think to be the “beast”, and attack it. “At once the crowd surged after it… leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.”
This shows a use of dramatic and situational irony. It’s dramatic because the reader knows that the “beast” is Simon, but the boys do not because of their fear-induced savagery. It’s situational because when he was attacked, Simon was on his way to tell the others his discovery about the “beast” on the mountain, but they thought he was the beast and killed him. This connects to the theme because it shows how the author uses figurative language to illustrate the causes of the boys’ fear, how they respond to it, and how they feel in the heat of the
Meanwhile piggy dose not belive there is a beast, jack continues to shove the fear of the beast down everyones throats and manipulating the boys so he can gain more power and control over the
Jack has lost his good reasoning. His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book.
Ever so big. He saw it ... In the woods … He says the beastie came in the dark ... He still says he saw the beastie. It came to him and went away again an’ came back and wanted to eat him-- ...
(143). The Lord of the Flies mocks Simon for thinking the beast was something they could hunt and kill. Rather, the Lord of the Flies reveals that the boys themselves are what they are afraid of. They are the beast. Slowly, flies eat away at the pig head and it slowly deteriorates symbolizing the deteriorating social order on the island.
Although the boys laugh at his suggestion, this proves Golding’s point that innate human evil and savagery exists. Simon is furthering his thinking and sees the Beast as a component of human nature instead of an external force, revealing the evil that is throbbing inside the boys. Similarly in Chapter 8, Simon has a vision in the glade and is faced with the Lord of the Flies. The Lord of the Flies says to Simon, ““There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me.
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.
Verb usage also helps the reader understand how emotions affect their actions, especially within this chapter. While the boys are killing Simon, their behavior is shown as “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.” (153). During the confrontation of “beast” and the boys, all of the emotional build up is at its peak, and flows out of them as they strike the monster with all their strength. Without the strong verb choice in this chapter, the message of evil and furious behavior would have not shown that they are becoming savage as a form of protection.
Besides these characters, Golding uses conflict to portray his theme. When Simon gets murdered it shows the fear and the boys have. After Simons encounter with the Lord of the flies he runs back to the tribe to tell them what happened but is mistaken for the beast and the boys stab him to death. The boys have been deathly afraid of the beast their whole time on the island. "Kill
Chanting “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” , the boys are psyched and begin to leap and strike, bite, and tear at the “beast”. Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective.
Simon later encounters the Lord of the Flies (a pig’s head on a stick that Jack left as a sacrifice for the beast) who “speaks” to Simon while he is having a brain clot. The Lord of the Flies tells Simon that it is the beast, that it’s inside of everyone. “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!” (Page 143) it tells him, reminding Simon that to defeat the “beast”, or evil, within a person is impossible to physically accomplish. It’s as if everyone has a ticking time bomb of malevolence that is kept in check by our moral values and societal standards.