(Slide 3) Abby: A recurring theme in Lord of the Flies by William Golding is that, People are not rational when controlled with fear of the unknown. (Slide 4) Bella: In Lord of the Flies, one of the effects of the boy's' upcoming into savagery is the pigs. The more pigs killed by the boys, the easier it is for them to cause harm or even kill one another. The mistreating of the pigs eases the process of dehumanization in the boys and eventually makes it harder for them to recognize each other's humanity. (Slide 5) Zeenat: In Chapter Seven, as the beast is being hunted they repeat the ritual with Robert as a substitute for the pig; however, they get consumed by a state of "frenzy" and actually almost kill him, further diminishing their humanity.
At this point in the book the inherent violence that has been building up through the whole story because of anger and fear takes over and they kill Simon. This shows how humans are inherently violent and without rules in place violence creates a society so defective that it drives people to kill their friends. Another example of violence creating a dysfunctional society in Lord of the Flies is when Jack and the hunters let the fire out to go kill their first pig. “I cut the pig’s throat,” said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it. “Can I borrow yours, Ralph, to make a nick in the hilt?” The boys chattered and danced.
William Golding uses indirect characterization to show that human nature is corrupt because humans naturally revert to a state of violence and evil. In ‘Lord of the Flies’, he says, “Ralph...was fighting to get near [to the pig]....The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding 102*). Ralph is a good, sane, respectable child in the story. However, when he is given several weeks on an island with no laws, he devolves into savagery. He maddeningly tries to torture, squeeze, and damage
The glorification of war then led into the bloodshed of many innocent live. By sending adolescent in war, not only did war create more bloodshed, but war desensitized the adolescents to become numb to reality. Therefore, at the end, both sides loses, thus making war
Furthermore, Howard Zinn talks about the humanizing of oppressors. Initially, he brings up Christopher Columbus, a historical figure that is glossed over as someone that discovered America rather than a colonist that killed people for gold. He then talks about how Andrew Jackson’s expel of the Native Americans forced them into deadly and poor land, while many died in the movement from place to place. The FBI is often heroes in movie when in reality, they were watching people get beaten and murdered at their most desperate time of need. Zinn highlights the lies told by Hollywood’s films.
In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor creates a story where the roles of good and evil blend together. In the short story, a family in the rural South gets caught up with a criminal named the Misfit after their wreck and they end up getting murdered. The clash between the grandmother and the Misfit highlights the religious aspects of the story and also O’Connor’s beliefs. Her stylistic traits of violence, distortion, and religion are used to convey a corrupt world that needs salvation. O’Connor’s trait of violence is used throughout to reveal the corrupt and criminal world that emanates the need for salvation.
Twain tends to use Horatian satire throughout his novel, while modern day satire is more so willing to write more harsh, Juvenalian attacks. An example is a cartoon depicting the brutality of child labor for the Gap Company in a foreign nation. The adult overseeing the labor clenches a whip in hand, a stern face, and watches the child in a hawk-like fashion. Furthermore, as the child cries through the work, the overseer shows no sign of sympathy. The modern satire is clearly more grating than most of Twain’s novel and this deviation in satire is likely due to changes in society and human sympathy.
In this scene it is evident that Prospero suffered from both psychological and physical violence bestowed upon him by his brother Antonio. Evidently Antonio’s wish was to have Prospero and his daughter killed however they were saved by Gonzalo a trustful councilor who set them up for a prosperous life on the island. It becomes clear that the violence in this play caused by Prospero was brought upon him and is therefore influenced by his brother’s treatment towards him, again we see that the need for power overpowers the love between the two brothers and later leads to a series of psychological torture for other
Characterisation is shown with Ralph displaying different concepts like leadership and order, Piggy, intelligence and reason, Simon kindness and Jack, savagery. As life on the island begins to spiral out of control and the boys descend into savagery, the boy’s split and chaos is at hand. Goldings novel also points out man-kinds ways for destruction. So, what do seemingly civilized people, children in this case, do when there are no more concrete rules to govern them? Both the Beast and the ‘Lord of the Flies’ are symbols representing the same thing – a manifestation for the evil and darkness within the children.
It was his hands that choked William, Clerval and Justine. He was the one that seemed “to jeer” (145) as he pointed towards the corpse of Victor’s wife. This sequence, without background, puts him in the wrong. But he did not kill his victims without reason. His hatred for Victor was so intense, it fueled a mad desire for revenge.