Ralph shows his evil by denying Simon's death, contributing to his death and taking pleasure in wounding the boar. Jack also shows evil by killing animals for pleasure, ruthlessly murdering Simon, and beating Wilfred for no apparent reason. By using these characters, Golding illustrates inherent evil. These three characters show how without civilization and order, it is very difficult to stay pure and true. Without civilization, inherent evil slowly becomes present.
His fundamental conflicts are that people are savage by nature, and are moved by urges to dominate over others. The natural darkness in humankind brings about the breakdown of civilization, as demonstrated by Jack. Jack’s loss of innocence to savagery articulates the beginning of the breakdown of civilization. His subsequent fall into ruthlessness is established when he first spots a pig. Thought his first instinct is to draw his knife, he is unable to continue because of “the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood”.
William Golding Lord of the Flies articulates the idea evil residing within every human through three characters. Jack is a boy who forgets about morals and compassion right after he is marooned. He becomes a deranged individual who destroys anything that stands in his path. Roger was directly influenced by Jack he represents the characteristics of sadism, bloodlust and cruelty which resides within every human heart. Ralph is a character who desperately tries to remain civilized and cultured but he eventually gives into his natural villainous instincts.
The rumors of its existence scare the smaller children, but also become the catalyst for Jack and his group to indulge their savageness, due to their desire to hunt it down and kill it. The boys are driven to madness because of it. This “beastie” is the titular Lord of the Flies, or Beelzebub, who in the New Testament is identified as the Devil – a symbol of evil. When one of the characters, Simon, stumbles across the beastie it is revealed that it is a pig’s head on a stick. The pig was brutally stabbed by Jack and his hunters in a frenzy, as the pig squealed in pain.
This shows how quickly Jack changed from a young, polite boy to a violent and sadistic savage. After Robert was used as a pig in the boys’ game of hunting, the boys thought that the game was extremely enjoyable and that they would do it again. After Robert was seriously injured, he says to the boys, “‘You want a real pig because you’ve got to kill him.’ ‘Use a littlun,’ said Jack, and everybody laughed” (Golding 165). In other words, Jack suggests that they should literally kill a littlun so that the boys can reenact what happened when they killed a pig. Before, Jack could not bring himself to even kill a pig.
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. Jack swears to himself and the others that he will kill the next pig and this pressure to perform to prove himself a true and worthy hunter, leads him to obsession over the hunt. To Jack the hunt becomes more than just a game, or a source of food, it becomes his mission, duty and purpose on the island. When Jack makes his first kill he is spellbound by the power of life and death he exerts on the pig and is fascinated by the warm blood that pours from the wound he cuts to slit the pigs throat.
Golding illustrates that mankind is inherently evil; however rules and punishments keep him from his violent nature. Once the rules and institutions fall apart; the inherited evil is revealed in man. Golding demonstrates that man is inhere... ... middle of paper ... ...olf Hitler is a character the same as Jack. Once Jack has the reliability of all of the boys except Ralph, Piggy and Samneric; he turns them into savages. Eventually Simon and Piggy are murdered by Jack’s tribe.
Evil seems to always get the bad side of things since it always gets conquered by God’s good side. Even though this is true, evil lives the high life for a long time. Grendel, Beowulf’s first opponent, killed thousands and thousands of men before he met his match. Evil comes from the monsters. They attack the good side by killing innocent men because they ... ... middle of paper ... ...rs have a sense of alienation and just want to fit in.
Piggy soon finds the conch, and this becomes a symbol of good. Even though Piggy ... ... middle of paper ... .... I the end, the other boys murder Simon as they think it's the beast. This symbolises that evil is overpowering the good as the evil boys, are butchering Simon, who is the only sign of purity and goodness on the island. Surprisingly, when they kill Simon, they end up realising what they have done and are ashamed of themselves.
The conch represents all the authority which the boys are so used to obeying. When Jack destroys the conch, anarchy quickly ensues because any hope of strong, central leadership has been abandoned. The island society collapses into chaos. Facepaint: This is the excuse many of the boys use for living as hunting savages, instead of civilized English citizens. The paint symbolizes the smoke-screen the beast uses to infiltrate the boys’ souls.