When morals no longer apply, the savage heart appears. When the boys are in their enraged frenzy they chant ‘Kill the beast, slice his throat, spill his blood’. When they hear a rustling in the woods they quickly attack the being by tearing it apart with their bear hands and biting at it with their mouths. They did not realize that this was actually Simon and during the comotion Simon accidentally trips and falls over a cliff to his death. This leads to anarchy and can relate to our society as war, greed and fear.
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.” In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding the children can be seen to have this savage beast hidden within them. Human savagery is influenced by power, sport, and even possession of tools. Ralph and Jack, leaders of the group, allow for the beast to awaken in them as they struggle to survive on the island. Jack is the first character who is corrupted by his human savagery.
Their constant chant riled them up and made them blind to the reality of what they were actually doing, made them blind to anything but the passione that drove them to commit
The creature kills Victor’s wife, Elizabeth, after he fails to provide the creature with a female companion. Victor spots the marks of the creature’s hand on her neck and fills with rage. The creature lingers outside the window and Victor observes, “A grin was on the face of the monster; he seemed to jeer, as with his fiendish finger he pointed towards the corpse of my wife” (242). The creature murders Elizabeth as a punishment after Victor breaks his promise. The creature wants a companion and shows Victor that breaking his promise has consequences.
Eventually Jack tires of following Ralph, and becomes obsessed with killing a pig. Jack becomes a true savage and kills other boys and tortures them. After facing such savage experiences throughout Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Ralph, Jack, and Roger all provide evidence for the theme of loss of innocence. During the course of the novel, Ralph’s innocence starts to dissipate.
The desire for vengeance grows when the Geats decide to hang his arm from the rafters. Beowulf’s bloodlust is so excessive he tries to murder Grendel in the most inhumane ways, and even goes to the extent of sacrificing one of his own men to satisfy his need to kill the undying Grendel. In Atalanta, Meleager and Atalanta go hunting and caught so many animals that they even attracted Artemis’ unwanted attention. Artemis therefore grew upset and “molded a huge boar, mud-colored, with red evil eyes” (177) Atalanta and Meleager obviously slaughter an abundance of animals to get Artemis’ attention. It is unclear why Atalanta becomes upset with Meleager after killing her brother bear, but she is excited to hunt with Meleager.
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. Jack gives a clearer perception of the beast when he states that "the beast is a hunter"(126), unintentionally connecting the issue with himself.
They will soon begin hunting throughout the island. Golding proves that we can all revert to savagery through Jack Merridew’s killing attempts. Jack’s once reasonable manner is quickly disappearing, as being stranded on an island starts to take a toll. After coming back from their exploration, the boys find a piglet in the grass. They run towards it, excited
The Cyclops savagely murdered Odysseus’s men. After he is done, Odysseus and his men make a plan to leave. There plan is to get the Cyclops drunk and stab his eye out, so he cannot see and they can escape. Once they got him drunk on the floor, Odysseus and his men drive a piece of tree into Polyphemus's eye. The Cyclops was screaming in pain.
He has worked his tribe up chanting and dancing during the storm and when Simon appears they attack and kill him. This act of savagery shows just how Jack’s power has evolved. Along with the death of Simon, Jack plans to hunt and kill Ralph. “They’re going to hunt you tomorrow.” ( ) Sam and Eric relay this message to him while in fear of their own safety.
In The Lord of the Flies, after a diverse group of boys get stranded on an island due to a plane crash, their lives become repetitive and gradually intense. Most days involve bickering about priorities or leadership, teasing one another, and the occasional optimistic comment. Until, Jack Merridew, the head of the choirboys/hunters, sees a piglet, and the actions he takes imply that he realizes that dire circumstances require somewhat intense actions. Even though he reveals his reluctance to kill it for sustenance, the spark of his lack of morality can be detected once he promptly stabs a tree and clarifies that he will not hesitate again when hunting.
Throughout the novel the boys demonstrate ruthlessness, however their lack of remorse for their ruthless actions conveys an even stronger sense of loss of identity. With the help of the hunters, Jack kills the first pig on the island. When they carry the gutted pig back to Ralph and the others, Jack holds in his excitement. “He noticed blood on his hands and grimaced distastefully, looked for something on which to clean them, then wiped them on his shorts and laughed” (Golding 69). Jack demonstrates no sign of guilt for touchering and killing this innocent pig.