Once all the boys decided that they needed fire to get rescued, Jack was on board with it until he lost his innocence: “‘Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I’d like to catch a pig first-” He snatched up his spear and dashed it into the ground. The opaque, mad look came into his eyes again.” (Golding 53). Once jack losses his innocence that is when pretty much all of the chaos starts to happen.
Ralph wants them to survive before they get rescued and starts to create a society among them, however, Jack, an ill-driven enemy, hates the idea of Ralph being leader and starts to do id-driven actions. Although Ralph is driven by superego, he also shows id when Ralph says,” This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun” (Golding 27). Ralph wants to just have fun at the beginning and doesn’t care about rescue.
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We're going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody. And we'll look for the snake tooâ€¦" This confirmed for the children that even Jack, the largest of the biguns, was starting to worry about a beast. This slowly creates a feeling of general fear amongst all of the children. Jack works them into a frenzy so strong that even Piggy joins in with Jacks dance: "Piggy and Ralph â€¦ found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society". The fear of the beast, created by both Jack and the littluns ensured they armed themselves before they even saw the beast or Simon coming out of the jungle: "The hunters took their spears, the cooks took spits, and the rest clubs of firewood."
As a final decent into the evil that has consumed him the pray becomes one of the boys as Ralph is hunted with the intent to kill, sacrifice and possibly even eat in an act of cannibalism. Before the evil began to grow in strength within Jack, he was a boy much like the others and like the others he found the concept of killing another living thing was not something easy to digest, but Jack learned. How ever hard it was for Jack to first kill a pig, spilling its blood on his bare hands, once he had first killed another living thing his path towards evil and savagery was well one its way. Early on in the novel we find Ralph, Simon and Jack walking through the forest when they come across a small pig tangled and caught in the creepers. Although Jack does have a knife with him his hesitation combined with the overwhelming reality of the situation keeps Jack stunned in his place and the pig escapes untouched.
Without realizing it, Jack was swayed by a civilization that he was not a part of anymore. The good half of Jack knew there was a certain taboo associated with killing. He knew his actions would never have been acceptable in the previous world, but the malevolent part of Jack argued that no one could hinder him. He could experience the thrill of killing without being punished by the authoritative figures of his past. Later in the book, Jack left behind all his morals and triumphantly killed a sow.... ... middle of paper ... ...e him over so he could successfully hunt a pig.
By adhering to the guidelines and rules set regarding the conch, the boys still maintain their civilized lifestyle that they acquired when there was a presence of government and social order. At this point, the boys regard the conch with the utmost respect, but as time goes on it loses its power. During the meeting in chapter 5, they boys lose interest and run off the play on the beach. Piggy tells Ralph to “blow the conch” but Ralph tells him that “if [he] blows] the conch and [the other boys] don’t come back” then it will lose its power and they “will never be rescued” (92). The conch has been the one thing that could be used to call the boys together.
From beyond the platform came the shouting of the hunters in the swimming pool. On the end of the platform, Piggy was lying flat, looking down into the brilliant water (Golding 54). After the boys realized that they had no one to tell them what to do, they took advantage of the situation. Because of this, the boys accomplished little. The boys failed at their assigned tasks because no one is there to tell them what to do, and they have no restrictions.
Golding also explores the evil within all humans though the beast, because it's their only chance for survival and survival instinct takes over. In doing so, this paper will prove that Lord of the Flies exemplifies the innate evil that exists within all humans. Civilization is compromised when rules become unnecessary and the children?s state of mind has changed for the worst. In Lord of the Flies, the conch shell and signal fire represent civilization, but as the children lose interest in having a leader, and following rules, these objects lose their meaning and savagery takes over. ?We may stay here till we die,?
But, as the story progresses and he starts losing control what he had and stood for is taken from him. Ralph is one of the few characters to understand savagery exists in everyone. While he understands savagery exists he is determined to prevent it from overcoming him. But, when Ralph hunts a pig for the first time he experiences the excitement and joy of savagery and violence, "I hit him....and the spear stuck in a bit! "(Chapter 7?).