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!
The boys play and dine, and circle together for a “dance” when Simon stumbles out of the forest to tell them of his discovery, and lands in the circle, which results in him being brutally beat to death. This attack on Simon demonstrates how the fear of the beast that the boys are experiencing is affecting their better judgment, and pushes their morals to the side, just so that they can feel safe. In chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, William Golding employs repetition, animal imagery, and natural imagery to convey the theme that fear can corrupt humans, which pushes them to engage in unspeakable acts. During chapter nine, one of the primary examples of a rhetorical strategy is animal imagery, which allows people to picture this sense of inner beast that fear brings out. Simon is often referred to as the beast during this chapter, showing how the boys are only
In Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of boys’ are forced to live on an island without law and order. Therefore, many of the boys experience a savagery phase on the island, causing them to constantly resort to violence over an issue. These boys primarily consist of Jack’s tribe in the novel. Through the boys’ use of face paint and Jack’s tribe killing people and animals, the reader learns that masks are used to disguise people who aspire to commit evil acts and become savages. The boys adopt face paint to disguise themselves whilst committing destructive acts and become savages through masks.
At the end of the conversation, when Simon, “fell down and lost consciousness,” (Golding. Pg. 158), helps the readers know that the conversation is not real. Simon fainting after the conversation also showed that instead of talking to the Lord of the Flies, or the beast, he was thinking to himself about the evil on the island and realized it was within the boys. Similarly, this also shows the fact that he subconsciously knew of the evil within the boys.
Follows the Tragedy plot when Ralph was unable to inspire his people to listen to him and he fell from the throne into Jack’s vindictive chase. During the climax of the book, the author follows the Rebirth plot. Jack has every boy hunting Ralph like a pig. Ralph must run and hide for his life until the kind naval officer arrived to rescue everyone, ending the witch hunt. The whole of the book follows the Voyage and Return plot.
The weather on the mountain in Into Thin Air is the monster in the novel. It is attacking the climbers throughout, sometimes costing them their lives like how Grendel attacks the people of Herot and eating them. A monster is usually arrogant as well when attacked and fall when they let their guard down. This is evident when Grendel is initially confronted by Beowulf when he thinks he is sleeping. He then underestimates Beowulf’s strength which leads to his arm being ripped off after slipping in blood on the floor.
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. The intensity of the boys transition to savagery is shown promptly in this chapter through negative connotation and verb usage, supporting that boys from a civilized culture can be pressured into committing savage acts as a form of
This led to their panic turning into and fueling a tribal savageness. Lastly, the author said, “Simon was crying out something about a dead man on a hill” (152). 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.
There are conditions in which cruelty and violence become very present, “Chaos is one, fear is another” (Golding). Chaos and fear can cause the boys on the island to become aggressive, leading Roger to Piggy’s death. Chaos is especially present on the island when the boys are hunting down a pig and doing insane dances with chants. The boys all chant and dance, which makes them more violent than ever before on the island. Fear also comes into play when all the boys believe that there is a big beast that comes in the night.
At the end of the Novel you can tell that he is very different from when he was in the beginning. He orders his tribe to hunt down Ralph and kill him simply because he was scared and unwilling to give up his leading position on the island. “ They hate you, Ralph they are going to do you.’ They are going to hunt you.’”(188). Jack is in raged with anger and decides that Ralph is far more dangerous than he will be. He is closing off the idea that he is possibly being a dangerous person and being completely hostile.