Just when it breaks Ralph believes thatpower is up for grabs, and so chaos breaks out. After that Ralph becomes chief of the tribe. Thenext idol is the pig’s head, it symbolizes the beast inside of all the boys. It is the symbol forsavagery in civilization. It stands for everything dark and rotten in men, that is why it is depictedas having flies and rotting.The Lord of the Flies has many themes that go really deep.
“His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.” This quotation, also from Chapter 4, explores Jack’s mental state in the aftermath of killing his first pig, another milestone in the boys’ decline into savage behavior. Jack exults in the kill and is unable to think about anything else because his mind is “crowded with memories” of the hunt. Golding explicitly connects Jack’s exhilaration with the feelings of power and superiority he experienced in killing the pig. Jack’s excitement stems not from pride at having
In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, young boys get stranded on an island with no adults in the midst of a war. The boys were orderly and civilized in the beginning but then as they began killing pigs they slowly became savages and lost their civilization. The boys began turning on each other and the evil within them became present. Golding uses a variety of literary devices including personification, symbols, metaphors, and irony, to project the theme that pure and realistic people in the world can be unheard and destroyed by evil. Golding uses the conch shell as a symbol of order and civilization on the island of boys.
Introduction The insanity of man can never be underestimated when man loses his focus on his oneness with his brother. The novel, Lord of the Flies, seeks to identify the flaws of society (jealousy, power, greed, violence etc.) and find it’s source in the nature of human beings. By watching the boys engage in battle, we are reminded of the aptitude of humanity to be evil, and how the morality of man is merely superficial. The severed pig’s head represents what the Greeks call Beelzebub, or the prince of demons (the devil).
“We all have good and evil inside us.It's what side we choose to follow that defines who we are”-J.K. Rowling William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies during a time of conflict and war. In response to all the conflict Golding wrote Lord of the Flies, a book about kids that crash landed on an island and how the isolation affects them. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies to tell that humans are corrupted to evil or forced to be good based by their surroundings. Jack a character in the book is an example of this. In the beginning of the book Jack is a cocky kid who says “ I ought to be chief,because I’m chapter chorister and head boy” ( Golding,22).
Rather, it already exists inside each boy’s mind and soul, the capacity for savagery and evil that slowly overwhelms them. Although the other boys laugh off Simon’s suggestion, Simon’s words are central to Golding’s philosophy of anti-transcendentalism, that innate human darkness exists. Simon is the first character in the novel to see “mankind’s essential illness” which in turn, shows the beast not as an external force but as a component of human nature. Simons deep understanding of the beast is further expressed in his hallucination or his “discussion” with the lord of the flies that he has after one of his fainting spells, “There isn't anyone to help you. Only me.
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.
The point where the reader can see the most loss of innocence is when Jack and his hunters murdered the pig and smeared its blood on their faces. The painting of the faces hides their former selves and assists them in becoming savages. Later in the novel the boys put the pig's head on a stick as a sign of accomplishment and another boy, Simon, stumbles upon the pig head also known as “The Lord of The Flies” in a peaceful clearing and it starts talking to him. After Simon's conversation with the pigs head he stumbles back to the boys where they mistake him for “The Beast” and end up attacking him and eventually killing him. This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with.
Jack feels the need to alter his appearance simply to please his developing savage tendencies. This demonstrates Jack’s willingness to kill on account of the fact that he feels inclined to become a new person, just to kill an animal. Consequently, this shows his loss of innocence because he is simply no longer just a choir boy. He is a cutthroat hunter and future leader of the tribe of children. Furthermore, Jack has changed so much, both physically and personality wise, that Ralph, a kid who he has gotten to know on the island, can barely recognize him: “A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair, who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist…” (80).
In Lord of the Flies, the boys are categorized into age-groups of “biguns” (older boys) and “littluns” (younger boys). Jack, the leader of the hunters, encourages participation in a grotesque dance where a boy is a pig and the rest of the hunters use their spears to poke at him as if they were hunting him. After the first time this dance ends, Robert comments, “ ‘You want a real pig, [...] because you’ve got to kill him,’ ” to which Jack replies, “ ‘Use a littlun,’ ” and everybody laughs (Golding 115). The laugh at Jack’s response signifies that the biguns view littluns as tools since they are not taken seriously —especially when there is a prevailing implication that the littlun will be used as a “pig” for the dance so that the biguns can kill him in the end— reinforcing how selfish Jack and the hunters really are. However, this behavior borders on “evil” and is encouraged by only the boys themselves, thus demonstrating that the behavior is innate.