Savagery In William Goldings's Lord Of The Flies

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We all have savagery in us whether we want to accept it or not. In William Goldings’ dystopian novel, Lord of the Flies, he shows how the boys fall into savagery during the time they are on the island. Throughout the course of the novel the boys lose their innocence, their morals, and their own identities as well as a few friends on their “journey” to savagery, which reveals itself through the analysis of major characters such as Roger, Jack, and Ralph. Although Roger has always shown he would follow the other boys and choose the path of savagery, he still has morals he follows in the beginning of the novel. When we are introduced to Roger it is evident he has a desire to harm others even though he couldn’t and doesn’t want to at first. When…show more content…
Out of all of the boys Jack has taken the biggest downward spiral to savagery. Jack led the way to savagery and caused the destruction of civilization and order. In the novel when Golding is referring to Jack he says “He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling” (Golding 64). Jack displays his transformation to savagery through his laughter changing to a “bloodthirsty snarling”. Another instance he shows this is when he says “Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!” (Golding 114). Jack showed no remorse to Robert and really treated him as if he were the vermin he wanted to kill so viciously. Ultimately Jack leads the way to the destruction and savagery that takes place on the island. By the end of the novel, Roger, Ralph, and Jack have lost their innocence and morals, as well as the other boys. Although the boys planned on staying civil and orderly on the island, they let evil and savagery overtake them, even though the three boys displayed the traits of “slipping” into savagery and losing their innocence and morals the most, other characters exhibited these things as well. We could point fingers at individual characters all day (Jack) but in the end the only ones the boys have to blame for what happened is
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