Ö You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you?" (143). Needless to say the immanent fear the boys obtain, represented by the slain pig, is causing the society the boys created on the island to decline. Ending the event, the massive evil symbolized by this cogent symbol can be seen once again as Simon loses consciousness af... ... middle of paper ... ...e rock strikes Piggy it also crushes the conch shell.
One of the most important symbols in Lord of the Flies is the also what gives the novel its name, the pig head. Golding's description of the slaughtered animal head on a sharpened spear is very graphic and even frightening. The pig head is depicted as "dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth," (Golding 137) and the obscenity is swarmed with a "black blob of flies" that "tickled under his nostrils" (Golding 138). As a result of this detailed, striking image, the reader becomes aware of the great evil and darkness on the island that the pig head represents. When Simon begins to converse with the seemingly inanimate, devil-like pig head, the source of that wickedness is revealed.
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.
Surprisingly, when they kill Simon, they end up realising what they have done and are ashamed of themselves. All this is because of the beast, and the feelings of fear it created in the hearts of the boys. Overall, Golding creates many symbols in the novel which represent death and evil. He uses the beast to represent mans weaknesses and man's darkest side, which eventually kills them, even though created by them. The Actual story represents society and all of the symbols are correspondent to today's real life situations, but are just exaggerated a bit more and made into a story which explains these situations in a more interesting way.
In the book, there is a scene where Simon is speaking to the Lord of the Flies, who is actually a pig’s head stuck on a stake, and it tells him that he is the evil inside of them all, and he is the reason why everything is going bad. Simon is severely dehydrated, when he comes across a pig’s head, and he hallucinates that the pig’s head is talking to him. “The Lord of the Flies laughed again. ‘Fancy thinking the beast was something you could kill, you knew didn’t you? I’m part of you?
The pig's head is described by Golding as "dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth," and is covered with a "black blob of flies.” (p. 137-138). Golding uses the pig’s head to personify the evil within the boys. This is shown mainly when Simon has a conversation with the pig in his own conscious and imagines the pig saying, "Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill! Oh you knew, didn't you? I'm part of you?"
In Heart of Darkness, Marlow sees the horrific effects of slavery and immediately the evil of humans is exposed. "The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only" (9) The people around that Marlow had met were fairly kind to him, but here they were human beings waiting around to die. The boar head scene expresses evilness in every human through the boys. The boar head shows how the savagery of the boys, but it also shows the savagery in all of us.
When he tries to tell the others of this truth, however, he is killed, much like Christ was trying to bring salvation to the ignorant. Simon being there gives us hope; the truth is available to those who seek it. In the book, Jack and his hunters become so evil that they end up killing two boys while on the island. Man’s tendencies towards evil in The Lord of the Flies are also compared to the book of Genesis in the Bible. Nature, beauty, and childhood can all be corrupted by the darkness within humankind.
This is a pig’s head on a stick that is imagined to talk and represent the evil in all humans. Simon tries to act and spread the knowledge of this evil to others but is killed. This is a direct reference to the death of Christ, alluding to the Holy Bible. At many points throughout Lord of the Flies, Golding writes for the characters to become gradually more and more evil. This attribute even reaches the symbols of goodness and order, such as Ralph.
This quote is important because when Simon has a confrontation with the Lord of the Flies, he tells Simon how evil exists within every human. The “fun” the Lord of the Flies mentions foreshadows t... ... middle of paper ... ...ecause Jack uses the symbol of the beast to put fear into each of the boys. He uses this to his own advantage, he uses their fear to get power over them. As the boys get hungry and scared, they get closer to Jack, because Jack can feed and protect them. Power is the main theme in Lord of the Flies, and is displayed in several different ways.