The novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, takes place in the midst of the Cold War, when some boys find themselves stranded on a deserted island because their plane crashed, with no way of returning back home, which leaves them only with hope. A couple of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, find a conch shell drifting to shore, so Ralph blows in it to round up the rest of the boys who are scattered amongst the island. Everyone, besides the choir boys (who vote for Jack), vote for Ralph to become their chief/leader. Later, Jack turns into a savage and starts his own tribe, taking
The schoolboys lost their innocence by killing a mama pig , killing another school boy named Simon and hunting down another school boy named Ralph, to the point of almost killing him. In the first days of the boys on the island, the schoolboys killed a mama pig. When the boys divided and hunted down the mama pig the first time, the boys weren't able to kill the pig. “This dreadful eruption from an unknown world made her frantic:she squealed and bucked and the air was full of sweat and noise and blood and terror”
Ralph moves out of the way, but Piggy, without glasses, cannot see it coming and the “rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee” leaving him to die (Golding 181). In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a plane crashes on an island, leaving a large group of boys stranded with no adults. Ralph is chosen to become leader and Piggy becomes the brains behind him. Another boy named Jack slowly takes power over Ralph and creates a new tribe that paints their faces and lives more savage-like, rather than more civilized like Ralph. They hunt pigs, getting very violent and aggressive.
When Jack and his group were hunting they wanted to make a big scene about their kill. So they thought it would be a good idea to put the pig head on a stick in the ground and to me this shows how violent he really is. Jack is more of a dictator than a leader he tells his tribe followers what to do and if they don’t do what he wants he hangs them up and he threatens to kill them. For example Jack says “Give me a drink” (Golding 158) and this quote perfectly describes how demanding of a leader he is. This is why nobody chose him as the island leader because of his poor leadership skills and his poor choices.
The Struggle Within In a place where mans’ mind is constantly on the brink between civilization and savagery, man must choose one or the other or forever lose himself. In the book Lord of the Flies, William Golding, a plane full of school boys crashed on a deserted island trying to be evacuated to safety from a nuclear war, also known as WWll. Shortly after the incident some of the young boys created rules to maintain civility, while other reverted back to their basic human instincts. The boys established a set of rules to maintain their civility, while their base primal instincts slowly take hold all starting with the hunt for the pig. The rules played an important part in symbolizing civilization.
In the novel the Lord of the Flies, William Golding captures the real image of human cruelty in their violent behaviors. The most prominent piece of cruelty is when the boys viciously attack Simon mistaking him as the beast; killing him with no mercy. After going to look for the beast on the island Simon returns back to the beach crawling on his hands and knees deliriously into a group of Jack’s clan. When the boys start attacking simon aka their godly figure they start chanting “‘Kill the Beast! Cut His throat!
The boys struggle with the evil that is taking them over, and they begin to feel like animals; “That world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away” (Golding 178). The boys begin to see everything slip away. All of their civility and their happiness that they once shared crash on the island. In conclusion, Lord of the Flies has many objects that represent the boys struggle between savagery and civility on the island. The beast represents the evil that got inside of the boys causing them to kill Simon.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the Lord of the Flies signifies the power of evil and violence within people. When Simon imagines the pig’s head speaking to him, the pig’s head implies, “I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are? ”(143). The Lord of the Flies symbolizes chaos and corruption that’s caused by the boys on the island.
Jack, after returning with his hunters, gives news to an angry Ralph that he has killed his first pig. Ralph is angry at Jack because he let the fire go out and a ship passed by, but Jack does not understand why Ralph is so frustrated about this.“‘I cut the pig’s throat,’ said Jack, proudly, and yet twitched as he said it” (69). Jack’s twitching signifies that he is still bothered by the fact that he actually killed something that was once living. The fact that Jack is able to kill the pig shows that Jack has changed from the way he acted before. Jack also does not realize the importance of the mistake he has made by letting the fire die.
“Lord of the Flies” is a direct translation of Beelzebub, a biblical demon though to be the devil himself. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is the progression of savagery among a group of schoolboys that crashed on an island. Throughout the entire novel, the children appear less civilized and more barbarous. After a beast becomes a threat to the kids, a sow’s head is placed on a stick for a sacrifice. With that sacrifice, however, many things go unplanned.
I tried to get the fire going but I had to wait for Piggy because I can’t start the fire with out his glasses. By the time that Piggy got to the top of the mountain the ship was gone. We were so closes to being recued. Jack didn’t understand what was going on and why I was mad. He kept tell the story about how they had killed the pig.
He sees Jack and his tribe kill a sow and stick the head onto a sharpened stick, which is placed in the ground as an offering to the beast. This head of the dead pig becomes the Lord of the Flies, and it “speaks” to him. It tells him that “I’m the beast” and says that you cannot kill it, and later goes on to say that “I’m part of you … the reason … things are what they are” (Golding 130). After this meeting with the Lord of the Flies, Simon feels “a blackness within, a blackness that spread” (Golding 131) and faints. Simon is now aware of what causes the boys to act this way.
But in order to do so he need help from people. Jack end up getting help from the people who are in charge of keeping the fire going. In the end there no one to keep the fire but Jack kill the pig. On page 76 in the book, Ralph says “There was a ship. Out there.
He isn’t a prefect and we don’t know anything about him. He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing.” (p. 126) When Jack gets called a coward he gets embarrassed and angry because he knows that he’s not the one in control right now. He thinks that Ralph is not a good hunter, so he calls him out on it and asks the boys if Ralph should even be chief anymore. Jack wants to be in power so he takes charge and leaves. On Ralph’s tribe, they are working to build a new signal fire, but during the night many of them sneak away to be on Jack’s tribe.
It comes up when Jack and his hunters let the fire die out, causing a ship to pass by without a smoke signal showing the boys distress and results in the group of boys to miss a rescue opportunity. This key moment is important because it marks the first conflict between the civilized and the savages in the novel. Ralph’s priorities are to create shelters and maintain a signal fire going in order to have a chance at being rescued. However Jack’s priorities are to hunt meat for the boys and have fun. Further conflict is created when there is a heated argument and piggy is in the line of fire.