Dehumanization In William Golding's 'Lord Of The Flies'

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LOTF- without MLA The Lord of the Flies helps one inherit the real thought behind William Goldings view on the true meaning of evil and savagery, painting images in ones mind while reading and writing as the characters become gradually more and more evil. Jack, Ralph and Simon are all affected by the innate evil of the boys on the island. The dehumanization, obsession with power and murders are all examples of savage behavior, which affects the characters as they slowly drift away from civilization and society. When the boys first arrive on the island, Jack is still trying to stay civilized but he eventually plunges into savagery. When Jack and Ralph first encounter the pig tangled in creepers, Jack has the opportunity to kill it but he hesitates. “They found a piglet caught in a curtain of creepers...The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be” (Golding 27). When Jack pauses in front of the pig, he is still trying to act like he would in society. He felt sympathy for the pig because he was not custom to killing animals for food. As Jack spent more time on the island,…show more content…
Simon represents the innocence of the boys on the island and with his death marked the loss of their innocence, for savagery. From the start everyone knew he was their weakest link. Simon fainted consistently and some would say even the littluns are better off then him. Then one of the boy’s flopped on his face in the sand and the line broke up. They heaved the fallen boy to the platform and let him lie. Merridew, his eyes staring, made the best of a bad job. “All right then. Sit down. Let him alone.” “But Merridew.” “He’s always throwing a faint,” said Merridew. “He did in Gib.; and Addis; and at matins over the precentor”... Bill, Robert, Harold, Henry; the choir boy who had fainted sat up against a palm trunk, smiled pallidly at Ralph and said that his name was Simon.

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