During a meeting in Chapter 5, the boys consider the question of the Beast. They argue over where the beast comes from, what it is, and what it can do. While all the boys are bickering, Simon grabs the conch and says, “”What I mean is… maybe it’s only us.” (Golding 126) Simon is proposing something that the others boys have never thought about, that perhaps the beast is only themselves. Although the boys laugh at his suggestion, this proves Golding’s point that innate human evil and savagery exists. Simon is furthering his thinking and sees the Beast as a component of human nature instead of an external force, revealing the evil that is throbbing inside the boys.
Fear is a strange thing, it starts out little and innocent, but if it is left uncontrolled it festers. In the book, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, people wonder, “What happened to those innocent, little boys?” and “Who is behind this new-found fear and corruption inside the boys?” It isn’t until the Lord of the Flies is introduced this questioned is answered. The Lord of the Flies (the pig’s head on a stick) is the one behind the corruption in the boys. It isn’t the pig’s head making this corruption pop up suddenly; it is the spirit inside the pig’s head. The Lord of the Flies is Satan.
This is an example of how the conch symbolizes the rules within the boys society because the conch is what tells when the boys when they can talk. The rules created by the conch is what led to a lot of the boys disagreements which slowly drove them to become¨beasts¨. Overall the conch is the most symbolic piece in Lord of the Flies because it symbolizes the boys rules, their civilization, and power over the boys. This is important to the theme of the story because the conch helps the boys realize that they are the beast all along. The conch helps the boys to notice this because when it breaks they realize it was controlling them all along and making them the
“I’m frightened. Of us.” That quote (p.140) was spoken by the main protagonist, Ralph, in Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding after Ralph’s friend, Simon, was killed by the “animalistic” actions of the other boys. Golding explores a whole new world of fiction in his unique twist and style of writing. The novel, can really make us ponder on what really the young boys were thinking and therefore acting upon during their unexpected “vacation” to a deserted island. The boys’ age varied from six to twelve and they all made poor choices, even the oldest of the boys, throughout the whole plot.
Ralph decides that building a fire was the best option in case a ship came and sees the smoke, allowing the children to be rescued. However, Jack disagrees, he thinks hunting is more important, causing the evil within Ralph to come out again. Ralph while watching Jack being exhilarated about his bloody kill from a pig, Ralph becomes angry while arguing and Ralph states “ You and your blood, Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might have gone home--”(Golding 57).
Lastly “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in.” (Golding, 1954, p. 75). All three of these quotes really show the large change the boys have made on the island, they started out as one big group with many rules, they make a huge transformation between killing pigs and eventually killing people. Since these boys have been out of civilization for so long they don’t understand the severity of murder and they do not even realize that they did murder
His good senses are replaced with chaos, disorder, and evil. With jacks evil actions the his savagery is really starting to show us that he is getting violent. Jacks use of hunting turns him into the most savage out of all the boys. Everything he did after this point made him into the young savage that he was in the end of the book. “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.
Written in 1954 an extravagant novel follows the journey of a group of boys as they fend for themselves on a deserted island. In Lord Of The Flies, the author William Golding illustrates the boys as they try to form a makeshift civilization that falls when the absence of authority is apparent. The group undoubtedly faces many conflicts whether it be man versus man, man versus nature, or man versus himself. These challenges ultimately cause many disputes and deaths. Although the adventure of the boys is thrilling and action packed, William Golding camouflages his actual message that without proper authority to guide a civilization, that civilization will fall to human nature’s need for savagery and independence.
After all, we're not savages. Were English, and the English are the best at everything" (Golding 40). Jack was once a civilized British boy, but then he wanted to kill a pig. Jack is blood thirsty. Besides these characters, Golding uses conflict to portray his theme.
This explains that Jack had the guts to murder an animal, which also implies that he is just a little heartless. Looking deeper into the quote, we see that after Jack tells Ralph about how he killed the pig, the author states that Jack is laughing. The act of laughing means that one is enjoying something or that they find something amusing. In this section of the book, Jack finds killing a pig fun and amusing, and how there were “lashings of blood”. Jack could have taken a different route in killing the pig, but he just had to kill it this way.