The first example of this is the “mock hunt”. In this hunt Ralph trails behind Jack and his group when they are looking for a pig. He is overwhelmed with excitement when he knicks a pig in the snout. Ralph realizes he lost his humanity while on the hunt and it confuses him. Another instance of Ralph being influenced by fear into doing inhuman things is the scene where Simon is murdered.
It also showed how Jack’s leadership lead them nowhere and was no help in actually starting the fire. Jack starts to develop this obsession with hunting and murdering a pig in chapter 3, “ At the length he let out his breath in long sigh and opened his eyes. They were bright blue, eyes that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad” (48). However, his obsession with hunting is shown as early as chapter 2, “ But if there was a snake we’d hunt and kill it. We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody” (36).
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, darkness of man’s heart, and the pull through the air of truly a wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 184). Ralph and Samneric ran from the now advancing boys, they caught Samneric and vowed to kill Ralph. Jack’s growing fear was Ralph gaining back his power, so he sent forth to destroy the fear. In the process of blind rage and savagery they hunt for Ralph, they burn the island in search for him. They chase Ralph to the island end only to find the rescue that they so longed for.
The pig hunting foreshadows the link between the pig symbol and the extermination of those considered alien or outsiders. ““You’re always scared. Yah-Fatty!” “I got the conch,” said Piggy bleakly. He turned to Ralph. “I got the conch, ain’t I Ralph?” Unwillingly Ralph turned away from the splendid, awful sight.” (Golding, p.36) The group of boys were looking at Piggy as if he is the worm.
In LTF the boys struggle in deciding whether or not to become savage and wild or continue as a peaceful, orderly society. An example of the boys turning savage is the chant that Jack's hunters sing, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” Jack and his hunters chanting the beast's death chant. “Now out of the terror rose another desire, thick, urgent and, blind” ( 152, Golding).
Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it. This is juxtaposed with Jack wanting to hunt yet again. Jack takes the boys and uses them to assist in killing the pig, but, coincidentally, a ship passes the island while Jack has the boys that were responsible for keeping the fire going (Golding 68). This once again shows evidence of Jack’s insistence on the need to hold power. He feels that orders from Ralph don 't apply to him.
Lord of the Flies, a novel by William Golding, uses the pig’s head on a stick (Lord of the Flies) to symbolize the violent human nature that can be found buried in everyone, and how it can only be controlled if someone truly understands it. The Lord of the Flies itself stands as a symbol of the boys’ violent human nature. When this pig’s head is acquired, Jack’s tribe has already been separated. Their savage nature has already started to come out and by the time the sow is killed, their violence is in full swing. Golding uses imagery that makes the killing similar to a rape scene, such as when “Roger began to withdraw his spear and boys noticed it for the first time” and
William Golding’s depiction of the true evil in this world is conveyed to the reader through the idea of savagery and war. Golding is saying that the worse kind of evil is displayed in the form of the actions that the boys to the island and themselves. Jack and the boys kill a friend out of pure savagery knowingly. Jack invites everyone to a feast at which he is drunk in the power he gets from actual killing and getting meat from a hunt. After eating so much, the boys decide to have a “dance”, in which they find a creature crawling out of the forest, which happens to be Simon trying to tell them about the beast, and kill him out of pure savagery which has blinded them.
4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures. One character trait that jack shows throughout the story is selfishness.