I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” (Golding 158) The Lord of the Flies suggests that his presence is the reason for the boys’ descent into savagery and madness, beginning with the children’s fear of the beast’s existence, followed by Jack’s brutality when killing the pig as well as his transformation into a savage, finally culminating in the frenzied murder of Simon at the hands of the children who mistake him for the beast. While they are beating Simon to death they are also chanting "Kill the beast!
And I’m the Beast” (Golding,158). Simon thinking that the dead sow’s head is coming to life indicates that he has become overwhelmed by his fear of the beast. The fact that the beast lives within the boys and is impossible to kill instills a great amount of panic in Simon and even sends him unconscious. Additionally, another occurrence of altered reality is when the boys see Simon emerging in the darkness, think it is the beast and kill him. Golding demonstrates their misinterpretation in the following statement: “A thing was crawling out of the forest.
Simon before he was murdered had solved the case of the "monster in the cave" which was really just a surviving adult that was insured and moaning in pain. Once Simon figured this out he ran to Jack's group, Jacks groups was startled by this unidentified figure running at them. There savage environment didn't make them think of investigating the object running towards them so instead Jack ordered everyone to attack the object. Be for they realized that it was Simon he was stabbed multiple times and died instantaneously. This is in page 154 it says "Surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea".This murder that was totally avoidable brought the evil out of the little children and lead them to murdering another survivor in cold
The first step is when the boys arrive on the island, breaking the barrier of tranquility that once existed. Then, fear grows through the ideas of the other boys, giving everyone clouded thoughts and vivid imaginations of the "beast". Fear ultimately consumes the boys entirely, turning them into savages and making them rely on their primal instincts to survive in a world without unity or order. The integration of the beast and the boys is only possible given the circumstances that William Golding creates in the novel and is unparalleled in today's society as we see this old perspective of the primitive times of society that once existed.
Man vs. society shows itself through Ralph trying to get everyone to work together to have some semblance of civilization, but he is constantly being shot down because of laziness or differing opinions of the other boys. When anarchy takes over and the beast is no controlling the boys the reader begins to see man vs. man. After the boys were on Jack’s side of the island they were in a frenzied state when they mistook Simon for the beast, shouting, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!
Bash him in!” and repeatedly jabs Robert (Golding 125). These actions by Jack lead the reader to believe that he has changed into a lustful bloodthirsty savage ready to harm humans just a short time after the fall of a peaceful society. The chanting indicates that Jack has fallen into a primitive state demonstrating the lack of civility When Jack manages to achieves a position of leadership in a rule less society, he becomes ruthless to the boys, “the newly beaten and untied Wilfred [is] sniffling” (176). Jack’s actions demonstrate how much he has changed, from civil choir boy to a reckless savage tying and beating boys at random. Jack has started solving his problems the only way a bloodthirsty savage does, by violence.
As we see in Lord of the Flies, all of the boys except Simon feel the urge to destroy and kill. They go on wild hunts for pigs, hurt each other for entertainment, and form a wild tribe where everything is run by the tyrannical Jack and the sadistic Roger. Even Piggy and Ralph feel some of the others’ mob mentality when everyone, as a group, kills Simon, the only boy with a civilized heart. His death symbolizes how mankind kills off all notions of sympathy with its cruel and evil heart. If it were not for the moralizing effects of civilization, No humans would be present who pity others.
Jack and his hunting boys went off to try and kill a pig, and successfully did so. As Roger violently killed the pig, the blood poured all over Jack’s hands. Jack then “giggled and flicked them while the boys laughed at his reeking palms” (Golding 195). Jack enjoyed playing in the blood of the pig that he and the boys slayed. This shows how quickly Jack changed from a young, polite boy to a violent and sadistic savage.
He was motivated by the hope of rescue and was more of a democratic leader. Jack began the book as a choirboy and ended up taking Ralph's place as leader. He was motivated by hunting and killing and led a dictatorship. These differences were the main cause for the conflict that ensued between them. Bibliography Golding, William, Lord of the Flies, 1954, Faber & Faber, London
After one of the new groups hunts they cut off a sows head and put it on a spear, and stuck in the ground as an offering to the beast. Simon sees the dead man for what it really is and when he sees the pigs head it talks to him and tells him that his theory that the beast is actually just the boys fear of the unknown and it reveals itself to be the Lord of the Flies. When he goes to tell the other boys what he found out they mistake him for the beast and kill him out of fear. Jack's tribe realizes they cannot make cooking fires without Piggy's glasses so they ambush Ralph and the others in the night and steal Piggy's glasses. When Ralph, Piggy, Sam, and Eric go to speak with Jack's tribe to get Piggy's glasses back Ralph and Jack end up fighting, Sam and Eric get taken prisoner, and Roger kills Piggy.