It has been a long time since the world experienced what it would be like without someone to guide them in the correct direction. Both constant fear and complete savagery play a part in this plot-twisting story, showing the complications with unfit leadership. In the novel, Lord of the Flies, William Golding underlines the darkness that inhabits each of the characters’ minds by utilizing the pig’s head on a stick to show that man simply cannot prosper without a proper leader. When Ralph and Jack silently compete for the title of “chief,” authority is apparent in Jack’s features. His “uniform superiority” shows through his “crumpled and freckled” appearance, making him the obvious leader (Golding 21). Despite his display making it seem as though he might be the fittest for a leadership position, he proves this hypothesis wrong by inflicting fear into the minds of …show more content…
This is when he first encounters the pig on a stick, which he names The Lord of the Flies. His fear allows him to hallucinate the sow talking to him and telling him that the savages were going to eventually kill him and letting him know that his evil was inside him and not physically terrorizing the boys on the island. The evil that the sow’s head spoke of was in the air as Simon crawled out of the forest after a fainting spell. Jack immediately took the initiative of telling his tribe to “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood,” (Golding 152). The “steady pulse” of the circle they created gathered around Simon, and they all took turns “[striking], bit[ing], and [tearing]” at him, not even realizing that the “beast” they thought they were killing was one of their own, and the literal beast they were looking for was living inside them, driving them to do horrible things (Golding 153). Jack leads this murder. He influences the boys to hurt their friend, all because he is too wrapped up in hunting the nonexistent
They chose a leader who calamitously failed. A leader who was favored by society. A leader who the stranded boys put their trust in. If only the boys ignored social standards, their situation could have been exceptionally different. William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, reveals that leadership is not limited to those who are popular; other factors, aside from social status, should be considered, as demonstrated through the archetype of the characters, the author’s point of view, and the resolution of the story.
In the fifth century BC, Gautama Buddha quoted that, “It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” Two and a half thousand years later, humanity still is still faced with its own evil. Buddha was correct in his monitions for mankind because he knew that evil is always set in motion by human nature. In the novels, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and Night by Elie Wiesel, authors reveal humanity’s true evils through literary devices such as characterization, psychology, and setting, to connect to the darkness that is present in the real world.
He is attacked and killed by the others at Jack’s command. Simon’s death is not only an important turning point but also a symbol for the complete loss of innocence: “...for it is the first time that the boys have deliberately killed one of their own” (Lord of the Flies Novels for Students). The main reason for Simon’s death, besides Jack’s instruction, is the boys’ common belief of “the beast”. Even though Simon had once pointed out “the beast” might only be their imaginations by saying, “...maybe it’s only us” (Golding 89), Jack convinces them otherwise. He tells them “the beast” must to be killed.
Spill his blood!" (Golding 187). Jack understands that the chant provides a sense of security to the boys, and he manipulates their blind following into attacking Simon. Of course, every boy in the circle took part in his death, but it is beyond a shred of doubt that this violence was instilled into them by the actions and nudgings of Jack. The fear that Jack circulated to increase his own power culminated in the immense brutality that killed
Inherent Evil or the Sinful nature of Human Lord of the Flies is a book that is written by Golding and it is used to construct the idea of the inherent evil of human nature. Is human Inherently Evil/human nature is Sinful or human are good in personality. For judging this statement the writer Golding use the symbolism of Simon, Ralph, the Hunt and the Island. As the story has move on, Golding describe that the instinctual evil within man is inescapable as he mention, “The Lord the Flies was expanding like a balloon”(Pg.130).
Lastly, Jack is known as the rebel of the story who disagrees with the leaders, and is pure evil from middle to end. Although Jack is evil, his bad character trait ensures his survival and alliance with the boys. The first example of when Jack’s evilness is shown in the story is when Jack hunts the pig and puts its head on a stick, the line says “ Jack held the head up and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick which pierced through into the mouth. He stood back and the head hung there, a little blood dribbling down the stick” ( Golding, 150). This shows Jack’s evilness because instead of fearing the beast he is offering him the head of the pig that he just brutally murdered.
In the Lord of the Flies, the boys face major problems on the island. They try to act civilized and have order, but with Jack and his group of hunters rebelling, this order slowly goes down the drain. To makes things worse, Jack begins to act cruel and evil to the boys and even the animals. This lead to facepainting which symbolizes savagery, the “Beastie” which eventually means the boy’s fear and cruelty, and the pigs head on the stick, which was the turning point of complete evil, and a sacrifice to the beastie, which means a whole lot more that it seems.
Evil is Within Everyone Without thinking, the laws and social rules we abide by every day are actually a fragile barrier keeping the worst of human nature from overtaking modern society. In the allegorical novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a plane full of British school boys is shot down over an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. They are stranded without adult supervision or means to communicate with the outside world. This creates the perfect setting for Golding to explore the best and worst of human nature. It is in this setting that Golding illustrates what can happen when laws and rules vanish and human instinct reigns.
Jack was directly involved in Simon’s death, and was completely aware that he and the boys were killing something when they were in the circle. Jack had rallied the boys in a savage way at the feast, singing their chant, and dancing:“Do our dance! Come on! Dance!” (151, Golding).
“At once the crowd surged after it … no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws” (Golding 153). Simon was the main symbol of pure innocence on the island and the boys have destroyed that, taking away any morality that they had. Golding's use of symbolism here shows that the final drop into chaos for all the boys on the island is coming and will happen faster now that they have lost all innocence. Through Jack's disregard for the rules,
Jack’s manipulation even is used to justify the death of Simon later. Simon is brutally murdered but Jack claims that the beast is just taking a different form rather than acknowledging the group’s wrong. The book suggests that Jack knows of the murder of Simon“This head is for the beast. It's a gift. ”(146)
He is not afraid because he is one with nature. Unlike Ralph, Simon is capable of seeing the evil in that lurks within the boys. He regularly has fainting spells, before one of these episodes he hallucinates the Lord of the Flies, a pig head speared by a stick poking out of the ground placed by Jack, speaking to him. The pig head tells Simon about the evil that is inside the boys, and that they are capable of greatly evil things. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!”said the head.